Hundreds of people held traditional Epiphany dance in the Tundzha River amid COVID-19 restrictions in the city of Kalofer on Wednesday.
The all-male Epiphany tradition saw worshippers chain-dancing, waving national flags, and singing traditional Bulgarian songs to the sound of bagpipes and drums in the ice-cold water.
As many as 70 Bulgarian men took part in the tradition despite a call by authorities to cancel the event.
Traditionally, worshippers are required to embark on a quest to retrieve a wooden crucifix cast in the river by the priest.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Bulgaria has recorded 205,390 COVID-19 cases and 7,902 related deaths.