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In pictures: Christmas around the world

From floating trees in Rio to a vigil in occupied Bethlehem, Al Jazeera showcases the diversity of celebrations.
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2012 10:15


Pilar Olivares/REUTERS
The world's largest floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil stands at 280 feet and weighs 542 tons.


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The annual "Santacon" is a Christmas parade that traditionally takes place in London every December, inviting hundreds of revellers dressed in Santa outfits to Trafalgar Square.


Khin Maung Win/AP
Myanmar Christians attend a Christmas Mass at the Saint Mary Cathedral in Yangon.


JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT/EPA
The Crans-Montana Skiing Resort in Western Switzerland receives a lot of tourists during the holiday season.


/REUTERS
Indonesia has increased security for Christmas and New Year holidays with hundreds attending prayers at the Cathedral Church in Makassar in the South Sulawesi province of the country.


RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images
Indian Christians, who form only a little more than two percent of the billion-plus population, gather at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi.


AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images
Christians also comprise around two percent of Pakistan's population, with many filling the pews of the Fatima Church in Islamabad for Christmas mass.


Rick Rycroft/AP
British tourists strip off and celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.


ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images
Russians gather outside Moscow's cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception to attend a carol service, despite freezing temperatures of -21C.


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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition in New York in 1931. The tree will be later turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity, an US non-governmental organisation.


/REUTERS
NATO soldiers stationed in Afghanisatan take their Christmas feast at a staff canteen in Kabul.


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Traditional lanterns light up in front of a church near the city of Taiyuan in China's Shanxi province.


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Iraqi Christians gather around a fire to celebrate Christmas in a church in Hamdaniya town in northwest Baghdad.


Abed Al Hashlamoun/AP
Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem holds a representation of the Baby Jesus as he and clergy arrive to pray at the Grotto, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Church of the Nativity, in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem.


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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Christmas night mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.



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The world's largest floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil stands at 280 feet and weighs 542 tons

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The world's largest floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil stands at 280 feet and weighs 542 tons

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The annual 'Santacon' is a Christmas parade that traditionally takes place in London every December, inviting hundreds of revellers dressed in Santa outfits to Trafalgar Square

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The annual 'Santacon' is a Christmas parade that traditionally takes place in London every December, inviting hundreds of revellers dressed in Santa outfits to Trafalgar Square

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Myanmar Christians attend a Christmas Mass at the Saint Marry Cathedral in Yangon, Myanmar

Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:21:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1356423838270?image_id=0bT4eJg2CVayHKhin Maung WinAPAP Photo

Myanmar Christians attend a Christmas Mass at the Saint Marry Cathedral in Yangon, Myanmar

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The Crans-Montana Skiing Resort in Western Switzerland receives a lot of tourists during the holiday season

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The Crans-Montana Skiing Resort in Western Switzerland receives a lot of tourists during the holiday season

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Indonesia has increased security for Christmas and New Year holidays with hundreds attending prayers at the Cathedral Church in Makassar in the South Sulawesi province of the country

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Indonesia has increased security for Christmas and New Year holidays with hundreds attending prayers at the Cathedral Church in Makassar in the South Sulawesi province of the country

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Indian Christians, who form only a little over than two percent of the billion plus population, gather at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi

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Indian Christians, who form only a little over than two percent of the billion plus population, gather at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi

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Pakistani Christians, who make around two percent of the population, of the predominantly Muslim country, attend Christmas mass at the Fatima Church in Islamabad

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Pakistani Christians, who make around two percent of the population, of the predominantly Muslim country, attend Christmas mass at the Fatima Church in Islamabad

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Tourists celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

Tue, 25 Dec 2012 06:02:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1356423838270?image_id=0e2XbCXa1d3GpRick RycroftAPAP Photo

Tourists celebrate Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

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Russians gather outside Moscow's cathedral of the Virgin Mary of Immaculate Conception to attend a carol service, despite freezing temperatures of -21 C

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Russians gather outside Moscow's cathedral of the Virgin Mary of Immaculate Conception to attend a carol service, despite freezing temperatures of -21 C

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition in New York in 1931. The tree will be later turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity, an American non-governmental organisation 

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition in New York in 1931. The tree will be later turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity, an American non-governmental organisation 

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NATO soldiers during Christmas Eve celebrations in Kabul

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NATO soldiers during Christmas Eve celebrations in Kabul

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Red lanterns lit up in front of a church near the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi province in China

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Red lanterns lit up in front of a church near the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi province in China

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Iraqi Christians gather around a fire to celebrate Christmas in a church in Hamdaniya town in Northwest Baghdad, Iraq

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Iraqi Christians gather around a fire to celebrate Christmas in a church in Hamdaniya town in Northwest Baghdad, Iraq

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Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem holds the Baby Jesus as he and clergy arrive to pray at the Grotto, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem

Mon, 24 Dec 2012 01:35:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1356423838270?image_id=0a12dlhd5o3vTAbed Al HashlamounAPAP Photo

Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem holds the Baby Jesus as he and clergy arrive to pray at the Grotto, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem

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Foud Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem greets Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President at the Church of St. Catherine, in Bethlehem

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Foud Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem greets Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President at the Church of St. Catherine, in Bethlehem

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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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