Christmas celebrations around the world

Christmas celebrations around the world

Dec 25, 2014, 11:38 AM IST
British travelers Liam Wadeson, left, Jemma Wild and Ashley Colotta, right, frolic in the waves as they celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
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British travelers Liam Wadeson, left, Jemma Wild and Ashley Colotta, right, frolic in the waves as they celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

British travelers and twin sisters Dabriella, left, and Aprilla Quayle, right, ride the waves while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
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British travelers and twin sisters Dabriella, left, and Aprilla Quayle, right, ride the waves while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

A man exits an illuminated Church on Christmas Eve in Ahmadabad.
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A man exits an illuminated Church on Christmas Eve in Ahmadabad.

Gary Redfern and Garyn Redfern participate in the Candlelight Communion Service at the Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church in Paducah, Ky. on Christmas Eve night.
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Gary Redfern and Garyn Redfern participate in the Candlelight Communion Service at the Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church in Paducah, Ky. on Christmas Eve night.

A Filipino woman looks at Christmas lanterns for sale in Manila, Philippines on Monday.
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A Filipino woman looks at Christmas lanterns for sale in Manila, Philippines on Monday.

In this photo people walk past a huge Christmas tree installed in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral, center, the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right back, and Lenin Mausoleum, right, in Moscow, Russia.
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In this photo people walk past a huge Christmas tree installed in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral, center, the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right back, and Lenin Mausoleum, right, in Moscow, Russia.

The 25.5 meters (83.66 ft), 70-year old Christmas tree and the Nativity scene are lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.
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The 25.5 meters (83.66 ft), 70-year old Christmas tree and the Nativity scene are lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.

The 25.5 meters (83.66 ft), 70-year old Christmas tree is lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.
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The 25.5 meters (83.66 ft), 70-year old Christmas tree is lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.

People stand near the illuminated Christmas tree set on the main square in Macedonia’s capital Skopje.
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People stand near the illuminated Christmas tree set on the main square in Macedonia’s capital Skopje.

Several red shirt ornaments are on a Christmas tree at the mansion at Oakley Park.
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Several red shirt ornaments are on a Christmas tree at the mansion at Oakley Park.

The illuminated Christmas tree in the old city in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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The illuminated Christmas tree in the old city in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The Kids Crafts and Face Painting Booth at the Beverly Hills Holiday Bazaar.
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The Kids Crafts and Face Painting Booth at the Beverly Hills Holiday Bazaar.

Swimmers pose for photographers with a Monaco flag, Sunday,during the traditional Christmas bath in Monaco.
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Swimmers pose for photographers with a Monaco flag, Sunday,during the traditional Christmas bath in Monaco.

People dressed in Santa Claus costumes in a canoe, take part to the traditional Christmas bath in Monaco, Sunday.
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People dressed in Santa Claus costumes in a canoe, take part to the traditional Christmas bath in Monaco, Sunday.

Runners, dressed as Santa Claus, take part in the 38th
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Runners, dressed as Santa Claus, take part in the 38th "Christmas Corrida Race" in the streets of Issy Les Moulineaux, on the western outskirts of Paris.

The first family, first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, President Barack Obama and Malia Obama, pose with children dressed like elves at the National Building Museum in Washington.
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The first family, first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, President Barack Obama and Malia Obama, pose with children dressed like elves at the National Building Museum in Washington.

A Christmas tree on display in Albania's capital main Skanderbeg Square decorated ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities, both considered as the most popular holidays in the post-communist country, in Tirana, Albania.
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A Christmas tree on display in Albania's capital main Skanderbeg Square decorated ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities, both considered as the most popular holidays in the post-communist country, in Tirana, Albania.

Pedestrians cross the road at Albania's capital main Skanderbeg Square decorated ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities, both considered as the most popular holidays in the post-communist country, in Tirana, Albania.
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Pedestrians cross the road at Albania's capital main Skanderbeg Square decorated ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities, both considered as the most popular holidays in the post-communist country, in Tirana, Albania.

A bus passes by a Christmas tree that was set up in front of the Unknown Soldier Monument, in Rome.
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A bus passes by a Christmas tree that was set up in front of the Unknown Soldier Monument, in Rome.

An elderly woman looks at a decorated for Christmas shop window of the Central Department Store in downtown Moscow, Russia.
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An elderly woman looks at a decorated for Christmas shop window of the Central Department Store in downtown Moscow, Russia.

People have photos taken in a Christmas decoration on a street in Warsaw, Poland.
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People have photos taken in a Christmas decoration on a street in Warsaw, Poland.

People go swimming during the traditional Christmas bath in the Mediterranean sea at Cagnes sur Mer, near Nice, southeastern France.
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People go swimming during the traditional Christmas bath in the Mediterranean sea at Cagnes sur Mer, near Nice, southeastern France.

Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, divers hold a banner to show visitors ahead of the upcoming Christmas at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.
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Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, divers hold a banner to show visitors ahead of the upcoming Christmas at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.

People walk past Christmas decorations on a street in Warsaw, Poland.
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People walk past Christmas decorations on a street in Warsaw, Poland.

People walk past Christmas decorations on a street in Warsaw, Poland.
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People walk past Christmas decorations on a street in Warsaw, Poland.

People stroll around a Christmas tree in the Old city in Vilnius, Lithuania.
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People stroll around a Christmas tree in the Old city in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Cologne Cheerleaders in Christmas outfit perform before the German first division Bundesliga soccer match betweeen 1. FC Cologne and FC Augsburg in Cologne, western Germany.
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Cologne Cheerleaders in Christmas outfit perform before the German first division Bundesliga soccer match betweeen 1. FC Cologne and FC Augsburg in Cologne, western Germany.

A man dressed as Santa Claus rides a crowded subway train in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus rides a crowded subway train in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Visitors take selfies next to illuminated decorations on the Champs Elysees, in Paris.
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Visitors take selfies next to illuminated decorations on the Champs Elysees, in Paris.

President Barack Obama, joins Santa Claus and other performers on stage during the finale at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington.
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President Barack Obama, joins Santa Claus and other performers on stage during the finale at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington.

Performers gather on stage from left, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Patti LaBelle, Fifth Harmony, Chely Wright, NE-YO, Nico & Vinz, The Tenors and Santa, during the finale of the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington.
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Performers gather on stage from left, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Patti LaBelle, Fifth Harmony, Chely Wright, NE-YO, Nico & Vinz, The Tenors and Santa, during the finale of the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington.

President Barack Obama greets Santa on stage during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington.
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President Barack Obama greets Santa on stage during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington.

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