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Orthodox Christians around the world, from Russia to the West Bank, celebrate the birth of Christ on January 7.
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2013 12:26


VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS
Most Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7. Western Christian churches mark the holiday according to the Gregorian calendar. Above, servicemen in Belarus' Interior Ministry's special unit queue up to kiss an Orthodox cross after a service at a military base in Belarus' capital, Minsk.


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A Palestinian Orthodox Christian girl lights a candle in a church during Christmas celebrations in Gaza City.


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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill leads a Christmas service attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (second from left) in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.


ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images
The head of Russia's dominant church urged its citizens to adopt children, after President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial law barring Americans from adopting Russian children.


GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS
Masked men symbolising death are seen as they perform Christmas carols, known locally as "Kolyadki", in the central western Ukrainian city of Lviv.


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Orthodox women attend Christmas midnight mass led by the newly elected Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo.


ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
People attend a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, the Yule log symbol for the Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of a church 80 kilometres west of Belgrade, Serbia.


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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas service in a church in Sochi.


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The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ.



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Most Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7. Western Christian churches mark the holiday according to the Gregorian calendar. Above, servicemen in Belarus' Interior Ministry's special unit queue up to kiss an Orthodox cross after a service at a military base in Belarus' capital, Minsk.

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:12:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=03D6aN8e657jtVASILY FEDOSENKOREUTERSReuters Pictures

Most Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7. Western Christian churches mark the holiday according to the Gregorian calendar. Above, servicemen in Belarus' Interior Ministry's special unit queue up to kiss an Orthodox cross after a service at a military base in Belarus' capital, Minsk.

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A Palestinian Orthodox Christian girl lights a candle in a church during Christmas celebrations in Gaza City.

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 09:21:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=06UR0ka8oFeseMOHAMMED ABEDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

A Palestinian Orthodox Christian girl lights a candle in a church during Christmas celebrations in Gaza City.

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill leads a Christmas service attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (second from left) in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill leads a Christmas service attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (second from left) in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

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The head of Russia's dominant church urged its citizens to adopt children, after President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial law barring Americans from adopting Russian children.

Sun, 06 Jan 2013 21:57:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=08BY6a0eKd7R4ALEXANDER NEMENOVAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The head of Russia's dominant church urged its citizens to adopt children, after President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial law barring Americans from adopting Russian children.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=0c7g7p35O84Ih

Masked men symbolising death are seen as they perform Christmas carols, known locally as "Kolyadki", in the central western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:01:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=0c7g7p35O84IhGLEB GARANICHREUTERSReuters Pictures

Masked men symbolising death are seen as they perform Christmas carols, known locally as "Kolyadki", in the central western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=03XWdq58k56ym

Orthodox women attend Christmas midnight mass led by the newly elected Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo.

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 00:57:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=03XWdq58k56ymKHALED DESOUKIAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Orthodox women attend Christmas midnight mass led by the newly elected Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1357559057316?image_id=0edlfgUd4c1hb

People attend a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, the Yule log symbol for the Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of a church 80 kilometres west of Belgrade, Serbia.

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People attend a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, the Yule log symbol for the Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of a church 80 kilometres west of Belgrade, Serbia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas service in a church in Sochi.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas service in a church in Sochi.

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The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ.

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The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ.



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