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Christmas celebrations around the world

December 25, 2017, 14:15 UTC+3

Catholic Christmas celebrations in Russia and abroad - in this photo gallery by TASS

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A Catholic priest performs a traditional Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Novosibirsk, Russia
A Catholic priest performs a traditional Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Novosibirsk, Russia
A Catholic priest performs a traditional Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Novosibirsk, Russia
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
A nativity scene on display at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration during a traditional Christmas Eve Mass in Novosibirsk, Russia
A nativity scene on display at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration during a traditional Christmas Eve Mass in Novosibirsk, Russia
A nativity scene on display at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration during a traditional Christmas Eve Mass in Novosibirsk, Russia
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
People arrive for a Christmas eve mass at The 'Flussschifferkirche' floating church in the Baumwall area of Hamburg, Germany
People arrive for a Christmas eve mass at The 'Flussschifferkirche' floating church in the Baumwall area of Hamburg, Germany
People arrive for a Christmas eve mass at The 'Flussschifferkirche' floating church in the Baumwall area of Hamburg, Germany
© EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI
The 'Flussschifferkirche' boat church was first built especially for Inland sailors who navigate the rivers and canals
The 'Flussschifferkirche' boat church was first built especially for Inland sailors who navigate the rivers and canals
The 'Flussschifferkirche' boat church was first built especially for Inland sailors who navigate the rivers and canals
© EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI
A toddler looks at an idol of young Jesus placed in a crib at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Day in New Delhi, India
A toddler looks at an idol of young Jesus placed in a crib at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Day in New Delhi, India
A toddler looks at an idol of young Jesus placed in a crib at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Day in New Delhi, India
© AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Cross-bearers march during the Christmas Eve mass in the Xuanwumen Catholic Church in Beijing, China
Cross-bearers march during the Christmas Eve mass in the Xuanwumen Catholic Church in Beijing, China
Cross-bearers march during the Christmas Eve mass in the Xuanwumen Catholic Church in Beijing, China
© EPA-EFE/WU HONG
A woman selling balloons and Christmas decorations waits for customers at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. Christmas is not an official holiday in Vietnam, however some of its customs have become more popular in recent years
A woman selling balloons and Christmas decorations waits for customers at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. Christmas is not an official holiday in Vietnam, however some of its customs have become more popular in recent years
A woman selling balloons and Christmas decorations waits for customers at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. Christmas is not an official holiday in Vietnam, however some of its customs have become more popular in recent years
© EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH
Holiday shoppers watch a Christmas Day parade at a major shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea
Holiday shoppers watch a Christmas Day parade at a major shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea
Holiday shoppers watch a Christmas Day parade at a major shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea
© EPA-EFE/YONHAP
A girl takes a selfie with a nativity scene behind her during a morning mass at a church in Bhopal, India. Although Christians represent only a bit more than two percent of the Indian population, Christmas Day is celebrated throughout the country
A girl takes a selfie with a nativity scene behind her during a morning mass at a church in Bhopal, India. Although Christians represent only a bit more than two percent of the Indian population, Christmas Day is celebrated throughout the country
A girl takes a selfie with a nativity scene behind her during a morning mass at a church in Bhopal, India. Although Christians represent only a bit more than two percent of the Indian population, Christmas Day is celebrated throughout the country
© EPA-EFE/SANJEEV GUPTA
A Syrian dressed in Santa Claus clothes is seen at al-Hamidiyeh old souk in Damascus, Syria
A Syrian dressed in Santa Claus clothes is seen at al-Hamidiyeh old souk in Damascus, Syria
A Syrian dressed in Santa Claus clothes is seen at al-Hamidiyeh old souk in Damascus, Syria
© EPA-EFE/YOUSSEF BADAWI
A man prepares a Christmas tree at an enclosure specially decorated for holiday celebrations, at a Christian neighborhood of Islamabad, Pakistan
A man prepares a Christmas tree at an enclosure specially decorated for holiday celebrations, at a Christian neighborhood of Islamabad, Pakistan
A man prepares a Christmas tree at an enclosure specially decorated for holiday celebrations, at a Christian neighborhood of Islamabad, Pakistan
© AP Photo/Anjum Naveed
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A Catholic priest performs a traditional Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Novosibirsk, Russia
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
A nativity scene on display at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration during a traditional Christmas Eve Mass in Novosibirsk, Russia
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
People arrive for a Christmas eve mass at The 'Flussschifferkirche' floating church in the Baumwall area of Hamburg, Germany
© EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI
The 'Flussschifferkirche' boat church was first built especially for Inland sailors who navigate the rivers and canals
© EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI
A toddler looks at an idol of young Jesus placed in a crib at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Day in New Delhi, India
© AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Cross-bearers march during the Christmas Eve mass in the Xuanwumen Catholic Church in Beijing, China
© EPA-EFE/WU HONG
A woman selling balloons and Christmas decorations waits for customers at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. Christmas is not an official holiday in Vietnam, however some of its customs have become more popular in recent years
© EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH
Holiday shoppers watch a Christmas Day parade at a major shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea
© EPA-EFE/YONHAP
A girl takes a selfie with a nativity scene behind her during a morning mass at a church in Bhopal, India. Although Christians represent only a bit more than two percent of the Indian population, Christmas Day is celebrated throughout the country
© EPA-EFE/SANJEEV GUPTA
A Syrian dressed in Santa Claus clothes is seen at al-Hamidiyeh old souk in Damascus, Syria
© EPA-EFE/YOUSSEF BADAWI
A man prepares a Christmas tree at an enclosure specially decorated for holiday celebrations, at a Christian neighborhood of Islamabad, Pakistan
© AP Photo/Anjum Naveed

Roman Catholics, Protestants and followers of 11 Orthodox Churches (including Antioch, Alexandria, Cyprus, Bulgarian, Romanian and the Greek) celebrate Christmas on December 25. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations. Catholic Christmas celebrations in Russia and abroad - in this photo gallery by TASS. 

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