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In Pictures: A look at how the world is celebrating Christmas

Updated : December 25, 2019 01:08 PM IST

From the US to India, millions are celebrating Christmas. While the celebrations were marred by violence in Hong Kong, they were generally cheerful and peaceful in other parts of the planet. Here's a look at how the world is celebrating Christmas:

Pope Francis touches his forehead as he celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis touches his forehead as he celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (Mussa Qawasma/Pool Photo via AP)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (Mussa Qawasma/Pool Photo via AP)
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa leads a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday, December 25, 2019. The Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born, hosted Palestinian dignitaries and pilgrims from around the world for the midnight Mass. (Mussa Qawasma/Pool Photo via AP)
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa leads a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday, December 25, 2019. The Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born, hosted Palestinian dignitaries and pilgrims from around the world for the midnight Mass. (Mussa Qawasma/Pool Photo via AP)
A Palestinian Christian man plays with his baby as they wait for the Christmas Mass outside the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian Christian man plays with his baby as they wait for the Christmas Mass outside the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Christmas tree decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations placed in front of Stalin's style Ukraine skyscraper, now Radisson Hotel in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A Christmas tree decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations placed in front of Stalin's style Ukraine skyscraper, now Radisson Hotel in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Residents dressed for Christmas festivities react to tear gas as police confront protesters on Christmas Eve in Hong Kong. More than six months of protests have beset the city with frequent confrontations between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Residents dressed for Christmas festivities react to tear gas as police confront protesters on Christmas Eve in Hong Kong. More than six months of protests have beset the city with frequent confrontations between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
George Trosset Jr. and George Trosset, who started surfing in Santa and Christmas costumes ten years ago behind their house on Christmas Eve, high five each other during the 10th annual Surfing Santas event in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The event has grown and now raises money for two local non profits - Grind for Life, which helps with financial assistance for cancer patients, and the Florida Surf Museum. (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)
George Trosset Jr. and George Trosset, who started surfing in Santa and Christmas costumes ten years ago behind their house on Christmas Eve, high five each other during the 10th annual Surfing Santas event in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The event has grown and now raises money for two local non profits - Grind for Life, which helps with financial assistance for cancer patients, and the Florida Surf Museum. (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)
People examine a Christmas tree fabricated from lobster traps along the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Key West Historic Seaport in Key West, Florida. The showcase is among many island-wide attractions during Key West Holiday Fest, that continues through New Year's Eve. (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
People examine a Christmas tree fabricated from lobster traps along the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Key West Historic Seaport in Key West, Florida. The showcase is among many island-wide attractions during Key West Holiday Fest, that continues through New Year's Eve. (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
A couple poses for a selfie wearing Santa hats as crowds flocked to the inner city beach of St Kilda for Christmas Day celebrations in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A couple poses for a selfie wearing Santa hats as crowds flocked to the inner city beach of St Kilda for Christmas Day celebrations in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
The Christmas celebrations in Kerala at some places witnessed some colours of the anti-Citizenship Act protest, but none could take away the merry cheers on Wednesday that the day brings. (Photo: IANS)
The Christmas celebrations in Kerala at some places witnessed some colours of the anti-Citizenship Act protest, but none could take away the merry cheers on Wednesday that the day brings. (Photo: IANS)
Published : December 25, 2019 01:08 PM IST
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