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Christmas and his more secular companion - New Year - are among the most popular and favorite holidays on the planet - their mark in almost all countries, including the traditionally Muslim Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Palestine and Indonesia, Hindu India and Communist China. Do not bypass the holiday party even "turned upside down" Australia and New Zealand.
China. Hong Kong. December 24. Children with kristinglami - "Christ's spark". Kristingl - it is a religious symbol in the form of an orange, which is inserted in the candle; It is distributed to children in the Advent liturgy. The candle symbolizes Jesus as the "light of the world." Kristingl coined the Society of the Anglican Church to assist children, to adopt it from the German Moravian Church in the 1960s.
Italy. Venice. 21 December. Traditional rowing competitions in Santa Claus costume.
the United States. Honolulu, Hawaii. 25th December. Hawaiian Santa Claus on the Christmas tree.
Indonesia. Surabaya, East Java. 25th December. Indonesian Christians on Christmas prayer.
Palestine. Bethlehem. 25th December. Palmer takes on the iPad Christmas Mass at the Basilica of the Nativity.
France. Dinan, Cotes d'Armor, Brittany. 25th December. The boy sees the gifts and wishes on the Christmas tree.
US. Boston, Massachusetts. December 24. His Eminence Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley distributes food to the poor guests at a dinner in honor of Christmas Eve.
Syria. Damascus. 25th December. Syrian Christians celebrate Christmas at the Dama Rose.
United States. Seattle, Washington. December 24. Children play at the "Fremont Troll" under the bridge Aurora Bridge.
South Korea. Seoul. December 24. Festive presentation in one of the shopping centers in Seoul.
France. La Fleche, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire. 23 December. Treats for the polar bear at the zoo, wrapped in the style of a Christmas present.
Bulgaria. Sofia. 25th December. Christmas service in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Bulgaria, unlike other Orthodox countries, celebrates Christmas on December 25 instead of January 7.
Mexico. Acapulco, Guerrero. 25th December. Giant inflatable Batman at the Christmas parade.
Pakistan. Islamabad. December 24. Salamat Masih, a Pakistani preparing nativity scenes in the slums of the capital. Christians are a small minority in Pakistan - 1, 6% of the population.
Australia. Sydney, New South Wales. 25th December. Celebrate Christmas on Bondi Beach. In the southern hemisphere, Christmas and New Year - it's summer holidays.
Lebanon. Dzhiyeh, Chouf, Mount Lebanon. December 24. Lebanese dressed as Santa Claus ride around the streets, welcoming passers-by.
United States. Los Angeles, California. December 24. 8-year-old Faith Kallion smiling lap of Santa Claus during Christmas Eve, arranged for homeless and low-income Los Angeles Mission charity.
Palestine. Bethlehem. December 24. Girls in traditional Palestinian costumes take part in a Christmas procession to the Church of the Nativity.
Philippines. Tacloban, Leyte. 25th December. Children lined up for gifts next to the altar, adorned with the Philippine national flag. This year's Christmas and New Year in the Philippines after typhoon overshadowed by the devastation "Haiyang".
Philippines. Tacloban, Leyte. 25th December. Girl shows her Christmas present - a doll Nancie, found among the ruins of the store.
United States. New York. December 24. His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks at the ceremony for the Christmas Rikers inmates in prison - the largest penal colony in the world.
China. Hong Kong. December 24. Idle people in Victoria Harbor.
CSHA. Santa Monica, California. 25th December. 19-year-old Nicole and Leah Inglanoff Zeffren sunbathe on the beach.
India. Siliguri, West Bengal. 25th December. Christmas Mass in St. Mary's Church. Despite the fact that Christmas is celebrated on a large scale across the country among the billion people of India, Christians make up only 2%.
Pakistan. Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 25th December. Pakistanis at the Christmas mass.
Jordan. Amman. 25th December. Orthodox Jordanians at the morning Mass to pray for peace in their country.
Egypt. Cairo. 23 December. Egyptian treats Christmas trees.
China. Shenyang, Liaoning. December 24. Babel on the trading avenue.
Central African Republic. Bangui. 25th December. Special Christmas Mass for children at a camp for internally displaced persons. Civilian religious war in the country has led to the fact that left more than 200 000 people and more than half of them in just one capital of their homes - the children.
Central African Republic. Bangui. 25th December. Children in prayer for peace.
Pakistan. Lahore, Punjab. 25th December. The women bowed their heads in prayer during Christmas Mass in St. Anthony's Church.
India. New Delhi. December 24. A boy selling Christmas gifts at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
Afghanistan. Bagram, Parwan. December 24. Soldiers at the Christmas ceremony.
Chile. Valparaiso. December 24. Ruben Torres dressed as Santa Claus waves to the people to meet him on the bank. Every year at Christmas fishermen Valparaiso organize "arrival" of Santa Claus handing out gifts.
Sri Lanka. Colombo. 25th December. Donations left by believers in figures of baby Jesus during the Christmas mass.
China. Beijing. December 24. Chinese professing Catholicism, at the Christmas Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Despite the fact that China and the Vatican have no diplomatic relations, and the Chinese Communist Party in the 1950s forced the believers to renounce the religion of more than 6 million Chinese still attends Christmas Mass.
Palestine. Burqin, Jenin. 25th December. Palestinian Christians during the morning Mass at St. George's Church.
Belarus. Minsk. 25th December. Santa Claus, Snow Maiden and Polar Bear on New Year's parade.
Iraq. Basra. 25th December. Christmas Mass in the Church of Mother Teresa.
United States. New York. 25th December. The woman bowed her head in prayer during vespers in St. Patrick's Cathedral.