Christmas Eve around the world - in pictures

18.12.2017 | 09:17

Scenes from Montreal, Lagos, Bethlehem and beyond as people all over the world prepare to celebrate Christmas


Budapest, Hungary

Catholic nuns of the Nyolc Boldogsag Kozosseg (Community of the Eight Bliss) decorate a Christmas tree in a parish of the church of Perpetual Adoration

Photograph: Bea Kallos/EPA


Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Children hold candles at the Hati Kudus church before the Christmas mass

Photograph: Albert Damanik/Barcroft Images


Minsk, Belarus

A man dressed as Father Frost and snow maidens during a traditional Christmas parade

Photograph: Maxim Malinovsky/AFP/Getty Images


Bartella, Iraq

US army personnel light candles at a Christmas Eve mass at the Assyrian Orthodox church of Mart Shmoni

Photograph: Cengiz Yar/AP


Montreal, Canada

A boy skis along a street

Photograph: Graham Hughes/AP


Hong Kong

Crowds of people celebrate Christmas

Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images


Islamabad, Pakistan

Christian children gather in the street to celebrate

Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images


Tehran, Iran

An Iranian girl takes a selfie in front of shop window filled with Christmas decorations

Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images


Paris, France

Shoppers at a Christmas market near Notre-Dame cathedral

Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images


Bethlehem, West Bank

A Christian clergyman prays in the ‘grotto’ of the church of the Nativity

Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA


Magdeburg, Germany

A Christmas Eve service at the church of St Petri

Photograph: Peter Gercke/EPA


Krasnoyarsk, Russia

A man dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, watches members of the Cryophile amateur winter swimmers’ club in the icy waters of the Yenisei river

Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters


Yangon, Myanmar

A fruit stall in front of Emmanuel Baptist church

Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters


Gaza City, Palestine

A Palestinian Christian girl on Christmas Eve at the Holy Family Catholic church

Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP


Allahabad, India

Indian Christian devotees watch a fireworks display marking Christmas Eve outside St Peter’s church

Photograph: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images


Lagos, Nigeria

A roadside vendor displays her Christmas wares

Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images


Beijing, China

A police officer guards the state-approved Xuanwumen Catholic church, otherwise known as the South Cathedral

Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA



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