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Orthodox Christmas celebrated throughout the world

January 07, 2015, 17:00 UTC+3
Orthodox Christians throughout the world celebrate Christmas on January 7
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Christmas celebration after the service in the Orthodox church in the village of Sosnovka, 80 km from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Christmas celebration after the service in the Orthodox church in the village of Sosnovka, 80 km from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Christmas celebration after the service in the Orthodox church in the village of Sosnovka, 80 km from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
© EPA/IGOR KOVALENKO
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas Eve service at the church in the village of Otradnoye, Voronezh Region, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas Eve service at the church in the village of Otradnoye, Voronezh Region, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas Eve service at the church in the village of Otradnoye, Voronezh Region, Russia
© EPA/ALEKSEY DRUGINYN/RIA NOVOSTI POOL
A Christmas service at Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow, Russia
A Christmas service at Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow, Russia
A Christmas service at Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow, Russia
© EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife attend a Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife attend a Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife attend a Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow
© TASS/Sergei Fadeichev
Russian Orthodox Church bishop Panteleimon prays next to children during a Christmas church service in Moscow, Russia
Russian Orthodox Church bishop Panteleimon prays next to children during a Christmas church service in Moscow, Russia
Russian Orthodox Church bishop Panteleimon prays next to children during a Christmas church service in Moscow, Russia
© EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV
Georgian Orthodox believers gather at the Trinity Cathedral during a Christmas Mass in Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgian Orthodox believers gather at the Trinity Cathedral during a Christmas Mass in Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgian Orthodox believers gather at the Trinity Cathedral during a Christmas Mass in Tbilisi, Georgia
© EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
Prayer service during the Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
Prayer service during the Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
Prayer service during the Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
People arrive for the Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of St. Sava church in Belgrade, Serbia
People arrive for the Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of St. Sava church in Belgrade, Serbia
People arrive for the Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of St. Sava church in Belgrade, Serbia
© EPA/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC
Orthodox Christmas Eve Mass in the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills overlooking Cairo, Egypt
Orthodox Christmas Eve Mass in the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills overlooking Cairo, Egypt
Orthodox Christmas Eve Mass in the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills overlooking Cairo, Egypt
© AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy
Palestinian Christian Greek Orthodox worshippers celebrate Christmas mass at St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City
Palestinian Christian Greek Orthodox worshippers celebrate Christmas mass at St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City
Palestinian Christian Greek Orthodox worshippers celebrate Christmas mass at St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City
© AP Photo/Khalil Hamra
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Christmas celebration after the service in the Orthodox church in the village of Sosnovka, 80 km from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
© EPA/IGOR KOVALENKO
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas Eve service at the church in the village of Otradnoye, Voronezh Region, Russia
© EPA/ALEKSEY DRUGINYN/RIA NOVOSTI POOL
A Christmas service at Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow, Russia
© EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife attend a Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow
© TASS/Sergei Fadeichev
Russian Orthodox Church bishop Panteleimon prays next to children during a Christmas church service in Moscow, Russia
© EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV
Georgian Orthodox believers gather at the Trinity Cathedral during a Christmas Mass in Tbilisi, Georgia
© EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
Prayer service during the Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
People arrive for the Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of St. Sava church in Belgrade, Serbia
© EPA/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC
Orthodox Christmas Eve Mass in the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills overlooking Cairo, Egypt
© AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy
Palestinian Christian Greek Orthodox worshippers celebrate Christmas mass at St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City
© AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar adopted by the Catholic Church. On the night of January 7, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill led the Christmas service in Moscow' Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the Christmas service at a village church in southern Russia. 

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