BRUSSELS, Jan 6 — RIA Novosti, Alexander Shishlo. About 4.5 thousand Belgians took Saturday part in the coming of the New year the traditional mass bathing in the waters of the North sea in the beach area of the Belgian city of Ostend, told television station RTL.
For followers of winter swimming from the shore was watched by 10 million viewers.
To warm up after a swim in water whose temperature reached 7 degrees Celsius, “polar bears” as they are called in Belgium, staged a mass dance on the beach.
Then the bathers, accompanied by relatives and friends dispersed around cafes and restaurants to mark the occasion.
The Belgians participated in the coming of the New year the traditional mass bathing in the waters of the North sea