No cold feet, though towels in brief supply after winter bare swim

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HOBART, Australia So many people plunged into a wintry stream for an annual bare float on a Australian island of Tasmania on Wednesday that there weren’t adequate towels to go round.

A sum of 1,020 swimmers braved 11 grade Celsius temperatures to take partial in a Dark Mofo festival swim, distant over a series than a organizers had expected, according to a festival’s executive director, Kate Gould.

“It’s been fantastic, it’s exceeded expectations”, she said. “We’d suspicion we’d get a dump off since it’s Wednesday and it’s cold, it’s really cold this morning…but we were anxious with a response.”

Swimmers ran into a Derwent River as members of a Holy Tantra Esoteric Buddhist village played drums and cymbals as a object rose after a year’s longest night, and warmed themselves by fires illuminated in bins afterwards.

“This is a best approach to start a year”, pronounced one participant.

This is a fifth year a float has been organized. It takes place on a winter solstice, that outlines a shortest day of a year in a southern hemisphere.

Dark Mofo is a winter festival of song and art, featuring exhibitions, light and sound installations and live performances around Tasmania.

(Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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