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Glimpses of Christmas from across the world

These photos tell the story of how Christmas looks like in different parts of the world.

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  • Published 25.12.19, 2:28 PM
  • Updated 25.12.19, 2:35 PM
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Pope Francis prays as he celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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Christian Armenian pray inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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Indians light candles outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas eve in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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Pakistani Christians attend midnight services at St. Anthony's Church to celebrate Christmas in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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Elephants dressed in Santa Claus costumes sit with students at the Jirasartwitthaya school during Christmas celebrations in Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Children sing carols during a Christmas charity event as they gather to deliver gifts for the poor in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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A woman poses for photos near a giant Christmas tree and Christmas themed display during Christmas Eve in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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Catholic Christians light candles as they participate at a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Antoine Church, the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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A Palestinian Christian man plays with his baby as they wait for the Christmas Mass outside the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza City, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

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A volunteer, centre, serves drinks at a public Christmas dinner as a boy asks Santa Claus for a selfie, in Martyrs Square where anti-government activists are encamped, in Beirut, Lebanon. As Lebanon's protest movement enters its third month, the economic pinch is hurting everyone. But Lebanese are resorting to what they've done in previous wars and crises: They rely on each other, not the state.

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A clown is seen on the streets of Harare in this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, photo. Zimbabwe faces Christmas amid a harsh economic crisis that has forced many people to queue for cash and for fuel, making it difficult to plan for the festive period.

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Tourists wearing Christmas outfits dance on the beach on Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019.

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Believers the Christmas mass, in Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois church, in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Notre Dame Cathedral is unable to host Christmas services for the first time since the French Revolution, because the Paris landmark was too deeply damaged by this year's fire.

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London Eye and other buildings on the south bank of the River Thames, illuminated in central London, England

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Priests and clergy walk in a procession to attend the Christmas celebration midnight Mass at the Cathedral-Basilical in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Over 80 percent of Lithuanians are Christians who celebrate the festival of Christma.

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People walk in Red Square decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations, with the St. Basil's Cathedral in the background in Moscow, Russia.

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In this picture taken with a long time exposure people walk along the Christmas Fair in front of the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) and St. Severi's Church in Erfurt, central Germany. The Erfurt Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the whole of Germany. The square is beautifully decorated with a huge, candle-lit Christmas tree and a large, hand-carved wooden creche.

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Iranian Christians celebrate Christmas Eve mass at the Saint Joseph Chaldean-Assyrian Catholic church, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Christianity is a recognized religion by the country's constitution; Christians have representatives at the parliament, can go to their own schools and vote in the elections.

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