MITKO TOPENCAROV GOT THE CROSS
The Ohrid Festival of Epiphany, or 'The Blessing of the Waters' in Ohrid, is held every year on January 19. This is the special occasion when many daring young Macedonian men brave the cold water to dive for a cross after it has been blessed by a priest and thrown into the Ohrid Lake.
Mitko Topencarov (32), from the old part of the city of Ohrid, "Varos" got the cross in this year's traditional Vodici event which was held on Saturday.
Topencarov was the lucky one to grab the cross in the ice cold water of the Ohrid lake, among 400 people trying to get it. "This is the third time where i got the cross, the first time i got it in 2000, then in 2003 and this year for the third time. Im jumping after the cross for 18 years now and i hope this tradition will continue for all the next generations," Mitko said.
There was a live music stage and about 10000 people attended this years event.
MD: This yearly religious event has become popular outside of Ohrid more and more. It is even promoted for foreign tourists to attend the event.