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Christmas around the world

Updated 7:35 AM ET, Thu December 26, 2013
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A man prays during Mass in Guwahati, India, on Christmas Day, December 25. Take a look at Christmas celebrations from around the world: Anupam Nath/AP
People launch fireworks during the traditional celebrations of Parrandas de Remedios in Villa Clara, San Juan de los Remedios, Cuba. Parrandas, the oldest celebration of Cuba, was declared a national heritage this year. ALEJANDRO ERNESTO/epa/LANDOV
Jeanne Kubish poses for a portrait at Christmas dinner at Queen Miraculous Medal School in Jackson, Michigan. Grant Hindsley/Mlive.com/landov
Moses Gibson dances to choir songs after receiving his Christmas Day lunch at the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa, Ontario. Justin Tang/the canadian press/ap
People wearing the costumes of Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), parade in Minsk, Belarus. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas Mass in Basra, Iraq. Nabil al-Jurani/AP
People line up to get meals as people in need and homeless gathered in an indoor stadium in Athens, Greece, for a Christmas meal provided by the Athens municipality. SIMELA PANTZARTZI/epa/LANDOV
A sandman takes the place of a snowman in South Padre Island, Texas. Ralph Lauer/ZUMAPRESS
A U.S. soldier takes part in the Christmas 5 kilometer run at the U.S. Transit Center of Manas, near Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images
Women attend a Mass in Malaia, Romania. ROBERT GHEMENT/EPA/LANDOV
Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives gifts from children following a service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate in Sandringham, England. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
People enjoy Waikiki Beach on Christmas Day in Honolulu. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A giant balloon Superman participates in the Christmas parade in Acapulco, Mexico. Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
A child reaches for a gift distributed by a housing organization in Paris. ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA/LANDOV
A participant in the Copa Nadal, or Christmas Cup, jumps into the waters of Port Vell in Barcelona, Spain. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Priests and nuns lead children in a dance at a Bangui, Central African Republic, monastery serving as a camp for those displaced in the African nation's conflict between Christian and Muslim militias. Rebecca Blackwell/AP
A Christian worshipper reads the Bible during Mass in Peshawar, Pakistan. Mohammad Sajjad/AP
A man wearing a Santa Claus costume hands a gift to a dancer during Christmas celebrations at Hati Kudus Yesus Church in Palasari Village, Jembrana, Bali, Indonesia. Agung Parameswara/Getty Images
Choir members pray during a morning Mass in Amman, Jordan. Mohammad Hannon/AP
Soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force eat Christmas dinner at a base in Afghanistan's Ghazni province. Rahmat Gul/AP
A child celebrates Christmas in Ambohibary, Madagascar. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images
People celebrate Christmas at a party in a Damascus, Syria, hotel. AP
A girl runs to join a Christmas party in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A.M. Ahad/AP
A man in a Santa outfit gives out sweets to young patients at a hospital in Ahmedabad, India. Ajit Solanki/AP
People search for vegetables as part of a popular ritual during Christmas celebrations in Klaten, Indonesia. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
A man dressed as Santa Claus helps children open presents at Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia. Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" message -- "to the city and to the world" -- from St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Gregorio Borgia/AP
A man dressed as Santa Claus arrives at the Moscow Zoo in Moscow. Ivan Sekretarev/AP
Catholic nuns perform a midnight Christmas Mass in Abu Ghosh, Israel, outside Jerusalem. ABIR SULTAN/EPA/LANDOV
A Kenyan Christian Masai with his wife and child offer prayers in front of a small picture of Jesus at his home in the outskirts of Nairobi Kenya. Sayyid Azim/ap
A woman lights a candle during a Christmas Day Mass in Sofia, Bulgaria. VASSIL DONEV/EPA/LANDOV
A patron is helped out of Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge early Christmas morning in New Orleans. David Grunfeld/Nola.com/The Times-Picayune/LANDOV
Miners dressed in traditional ceremonial clothing carry pit lights as they arrive for an early-morning Mass in Jöhstadt, Germany. HENDRIK SCHMIDT/EPA/LANDOV
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal leads midnight Christmas Mass at the Church of the Nativity, which Christians traditionally believe to be the site of the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in Bethlehem, West Bank. Musa Al-Shaer/Pool/AP
A street vendor sells Santa balloons in Hoi An, Vietnam. Mark Baker/ap
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive with other members of the royal family for a service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate in Sandringham, England. JOE GIDDENS/PA Wire/Landov
A priest blesses a child during a morning Mass in the West Bank village of Burqin near Jenin. Mohammed Ballas/AP
Levi Marez runs alongside his son Kaden Fletcher, 6, left, as he learns to ride the bike he got for Christmas in Henderson, Kentucky. Darrin Phegley/the gleaner/ap
Christians of the East Asian communities in Kuwait take a bridge leading to a complex of churches during Christmas celebrations in Kuwait City, Kuwait. RAED QUTENA/epa /LANDOV
Children line up to receive Christmas gifts in Tacloban, Philippines, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November. Achmad Ibrahim/AP
Swimmers prepare for the annual Christmas Day dip into the cool waters of the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park. ANDY RAIN/EPA/LANDOV
People pray during a Christmas Mass in Yangon, Myanmar. Khin Maung Win/Ap