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Christmas around the world

Updated 8:08 PM ET, Fri December 25, 2015
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An Indian Christian prays at Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi on Friday, December 25. Altaf Qadri/AP
Amateur actors perform during a live nativity scene in Postojna Cave in Postojna, Slovenia, on Christmas Day. Some 500 performers participated in the biggest live nativity scene in the cave. JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists watch the Christmas Day sunrise behind Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. J. David Ake/AP
People run for the water at Exmouth Beach in Devon, England, during the Exmouth Christmas Day Swim on Friday, December 25. Ben Birchall/PA via AP
A girl plays in a plastic ball pit at a Christmas party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on December 25. A.M. Ahad/AP
Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Christmas Day. L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP
Fouad Twal, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, leads a Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, early Christmas morning. Fadi Arouri/pool photo via AP
Pakistani Christians attend Christmas Day prayers at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore, Pakistan, on December 25. ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the British royal family attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. Matt Dunham/AP
A U.S. soldier dressed as Santa Claus talks to fellow troops at Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini/AP
A mannequin in a Santa costume is strapped to a surfboard for easy transport along Bondi Beach as Tom Ray, left, of Britain, Ashley Pronyk of Canada, center, and Helen Maine of Britain celebrate Christmas in Sydney, Australia. Rick Rycroft/AP
An armed police officer stands guard outside a shopping mall in Beijing on December 25. Security remained elevated in parts of Beijing on Friday, a day after the embassies of the United States and other countries in China warned of potential threats to Westerners around the Christmas holiday. Mark Schiefelbein/AP
Assyrian Christians from Syria and Iraq attend a Christmas Mass at St. Georges Church in Beirut, Lebanon, on December 25. ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images
Girls look at photos after taking selfies in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi on December 25. Altaf Qadri/AP
People attend a Christmas Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan. B.K. Bangash/AP
An Iraqi soldier stands guard as Christians attend a Christmas Mass at the Mar Youssef Church in Baghdad. Ali Mohammed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
People pray as they attend a Christmas Mass at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, South Africa. Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A man dressed as Santa Claus water skis on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday, December 24. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
An Iraqi Christian holds a cross made of candles during a Christmas Mass at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Deliverance/Salvation in central Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
Children sing in a chorus at a Christmas church service at Antakya Orthodox Church in Hatay, Turkey, on Thursday. Halit Demir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
South Koreans wearing Santa Claus outfits promote a Christmas charity event in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
A costumed woman joins a Christmas parade at Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow on Thursday. Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Nigerian pilgrims gather at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, on Thursday. Every year, thousands of Christian pilgrims travel to the church, which marks the site of the cave in which Jesus is said to have been born. Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images
Another Christmas scene in Bethlehem, West Bank, on Thursday. Oren Liebermann/CNN
Pope Francis kisses a figurine of baby Jesus during a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Christmas Eve. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A cross-bearer attends a Christmas Eve Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing on Thursday. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images
A woman performs "The Song of the Sybil" during a rehearsal at Barcelona's cathedral in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images