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Orthodox Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas on 7 January.

A Bosnian Orthodox priest Marko Males leads a mass on the eve of Orthodox Christmas in Church of the Holy Mother of God in Zenica, Bosnia and HerzegovinaIMAGE SOURCE,DADO RUVIC / REUTERS
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Bosnian Orthodox priest Marko Males leads a mass on the eve of Orthodox Christmas in the Church of the Holy Mother of God in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos IIIIMAGE SOURCE,MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA / REUTERS
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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III smiles as he arrives at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar.
Women take pictures of Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos IIIIMAGE SOURCE,MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA / REUTERS
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Crowds of people watch his arrival.
Fireworks above the Church of the Holy Mother of GodIMAGE SOURCE,DADO RUVIC / REUTERS
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Fireworks are seen above the Church of the Holy Mother of God in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Believers burn dried oak branchesIMAGE SOURCE,MARKO DJURICA / REUTERS
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In the Serbian capital Belgrade residents attended the ceremonial burning of dried oak branches in front of the Temple of Saint Sava.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia conducts the Orthodox Christmas serviceIMAGE SOURCE,MAXIM SHEMETOV / REUTERS
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Russian Patriarch Kirill led a Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the capital Moscow.
A believer takes a picture during a Christmas service at the Nativity CathedralIMAGE SOURCE,SERGEI KRASNOUKHOV / TASS / GETTY IMAGES
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Russia is home to the world's biggest Orthodox community.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Orthodox Christmas service in MoscowIMAGE SOURCE,SPUTNIK/ALEKSEY NIKOLSKYI/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS
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Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle at the Church of the Saviour of the Miraculous Image in Novo-Ogaryovo, his state residence outside Moscow.
An Orthodox believer lights a candle during a Christmas liturgyIMAGE SOURCE,SEMYON ANTONOV / TASS / GETTY IMAGES
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An Orthodox believer lights a candle during a Christmas liturgy at the Church of New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
Egyptian Coptic Priests lead the Christmas Mass at the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in CairoIMAGE SOURCE,KHALED DESOUKI / AFP
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Coptic Christians have been in Egypt for nearly 2,000 years. Here Egyptian Coptic Priests lead Christmas Mass at the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo.
Syrian Christian worshippers light candlesIMAGE SOURCE,LOUAI BESHARA / AFP
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Syrian Christian worshippers light candles at the Mar Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church in Damascus.
Greek Orthodox faithful Galip Yavuz, holds up a wooden crossIMAGE SOURCE,BURAK KARA / GETTY IMAGES
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Greek Orthodox worshippers retrieve a wooden cross during the blessing of the water ceremony in the waters of the Golden Horn in Istanbul.
A woman prays during an Orthodox Christmas serviceIMAGE SOURCE,AZIZ KARIMOV / GETTY IMAGES
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A woman prays during in a Holy Myrrhbearers Cathedral in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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