A Snapshot of Christmas Around the World: Photos
People walk in a street covered with snow as they attend Christmas celebrations in the town of Richev, Belarus. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 in the Middle East, Russia and other Orthodox churches that use the old Julian calendar instead of the 17th-century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics, Protestants, Greek Orthodox and commonly used in secular life around the world.
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Car lights trail around the Christmas Tree on the Taehwa Rotary in Ulsan, South Korea.
A window cleaner appears as Santa Claus during an event to celebrate the Christmas holiday season at a shopping mall in Tokyo.
Christmas lights adorn trees that line the Champs Elysees as rush hour traffic moves towards the Arc de Triomphe.
Shoppers move through the bustling Christmas market in Strasbourg, eastern France, a World Heritage site.
A man sits in his stall selling Christmas trees ornaments at the Yiwu International Trade City in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China.
A procession of bag-pipers depart from the Church of Nativity, the site where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
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Palestinians watch the lighting of the Main Christmas Tree and fireworks show at Manger Square in Bethlehem.
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Participants run along Castellana Street during the Santa Claus or 'Papa Noel' race in Madrid, Spain.
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An Ultra-Orthodox Jew walks past a Palestinian man dressed up as Santa Claus. He carries a Christmas tree in Jerusalem's Old City, distributing trees on behalf of the city's municipality.