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Christmas across the globe

Last Saturday was Christmas Day, the day set aside by Christian faithful to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. Christianity remains the largest religion in the world, with over 2 billion adherents across the globe. Christmas is celebrated in many ways by those followers, and even more ways by those who enjoy the larger, more secular traditions surrounding the modern holiday. Collected here are some glimpses of this year's Christmas observations and celebrations around the world. [Editor's note: Reminder to submit your own Christmas 2010 photos for an upcoming entry in January] (35 photos total)

An Iraqi Christian girl attends a Christmas mass at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman, Jordan on December 22, 2010. Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to neighbouring Jordan following a spate of bombings that targeted churches in Iraqi cities in the past few years. (REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)
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129 comments so far...

35 is awesome

Posted by Jan Ubels December 27, 10 11:58 AM

Merry Christmas to everyone!

And a Happy New Year!!!!

As always, great photos!
Thank you!

Posted by Paulo December 27, 10 12:03 PM

Feliz Natal a todos!

Posted by Carla December 27, 10 12:30 PM

Free Palestine... maybe joy will be the only thing associated to Christmas then

Posted by Basil December 27, 10 12:31 PM

Happy New Year, the world!

Posted by timsid99 December 27, 10 12:32 PM


Posted by Divine Bedu December 27, 10 12:44 PM

Pic #4 brings an image of women of US Army. Is the US Flag on their arm backwards so it would appear properly when they look in a mirror? =)

Posted by Fabrício Marques December 27, 10 12:45 PM

I'm from Brazil and We, brazilian people, wish a real new year to, poor, children, old, woman, man, black, white, red or yellow skin!
In the new year we would like the peace and love!

Posted by zuleid December 27, 10 12:45 PM

Good to see 3-4 photos from India too.

Happy Holidays everyone..

Posted by RavS December 27, 10 12:46 PM

Aren't there other Christian churches besides the Catholic church?

Posted by John December 27, 10 12:47 PM

Hohoho, um feliz Natal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, para o mundo!!!

no war for a better future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gustavo Darze December 27, 10 12:50 PM

Love 35! What a doll.

Posted by Megan December 27, 10 12:50 PM

Feliz Natal!!!

Posted by MrG December 27, 10 01:01 PM

Love #31!

Posted by Carlos December 27, 10 01:17 PM

everybody celebrated except for Philippines..come on...we got the longest Christmas celebration in the world and that event was featured...

Posted by Elmo December 27, 10 01:17 PM

lolz @ 32 - love it!

Posted by robina December 27, 10 01:32 PM

Merry Christmas to everyone !
And a Happy New year in advance................


Posted by Mahanand December 27, 10 01:34 PM

Fantastic, as always. Happy Christmas.

Posted by Jay December 27, 10 02:07 PM


Posted by Show Aimori December 27, 10 02:16 PM

Beautiful Pictures thank you for posting them up and giving us the opportunity to view where we might not be at that moment in time Thank you!!!

Posted by Sai December 27, 10 02:19 PM

#15: Great + I want the lens he used.

Posted by Dimitris December 27, 10 02:23 PM

How moving this was...although there are two words that should never be used together..."homeless" and "child"....makes me so grateful for what blessings I have. Look at her face! Serene. Praise God.

Posted by Cat December 27, 10 02:42 PM


Posted by sumeet December 27, 10 02:45 PM

While I'm not a believer in any gods, Christmas to me is about celebrating familes and togetherness. It's about kids laughing and playing, while we adults greet family members warmly.

Merry Xmas to all.

TY for the pix.

Posted by humanbeing December 27, 10 03:13 PM

#18 made me believe in Christmas!

Posted by solroger December 27, 10 03:15 PM

#15 is WOW

Posted by Kevin Li December 27, 10 04:03 PM

Happy New Year the people.

Posted by Meda December 27, 10 04:03 PM

31 and 32 are both hilarious lmao.

Posted by tehmetalleer December 27, 10 04:04 PM

Love #31! Talk about a "joyful noise unto the Lord"!

Posted by sgt_majorette December 27, 10 04:47 PM

Nice pictures as always. Merry Christmas for all, but always remembering the real subject of the date!

Posted by Leandro Cortiano Elias December 27, 10 05:00 PM

# 26 & 29: comment interpréter ces 2 images ? La France est-t-elle devenue un pays pauvre au point que la seule représentation qu'on en donne est celle de homeless qui vienne chercher un peu de réconfort le jour de Noël auprès d'âme charitable de la riviera? Ou bien ce pays représente-t-il un symbole, celui d'un lieu privilégié où chaque être humain peut trouver une main tendue pour le secourir? Ami terrien qu'en pensez-vous?

Posted by hubee December 27, 10 05:02 PM

Peace .. Happiness .. and Sensitive Neighbor

Posted by achaj December 27, 10 05:35 PM

Jan Ubels can only assume your comment is based on the fact that English is your 2nd language. 'Awesome' is a bizzare word to use to describe a homeless child on any day never mind Christmas!!! Maybe gather your thoughts and have a re-think.

Posted by andy morris December 27, 10 05:39 PM

Great shots, as always.

The reason - religion - is useless and an endless source of hatred and war - as usual as well.

Best regards nevertheless


Posted by Mattes December 27, 10 05:49 PM

Wonderful, Awesome, Thank you for sharing. GOD is great wherever he is..

Posted by Bosslady December 27, 10 06:43 PM

Allahabad (Photograph #3) is my home town and some significant population of Christians since beginning of British rule.

After taking holy bath in Sangam, people use sandalwood paste and Roli (a red powder) on forehead. This one is little more creative :)

Posted by Pawan December 27, 10 07:09 PM

#7...that photog had impeccable timing WRT the guy near the ladder and his arm :-)

Nice set of pix...

Posted by Chris December 27, 10 08:51 PM

Very enjoyable collection from around the world.

Posted by Paul December 27, 10 10:10 PM

Wonderful pictures! I guess there are a lot of Catholic Christmas pictures because they have about 1.2 billion followers, but there there are another 1.1 billion Christians on this planet and it would be nice if they are represented too.
But I digress, these are wonderful pictures of multi-ethnic people celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Celebrating peace and harmony instead of the constant war and strife that we have become accustom to. I wish for a day when all the people of this earth can live in peace and harmony.

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope for peace and a better economy!

Posted by Joshua P. December 27, 10 10:13 PM

@34 bigotry and hatred lives everywhere, both in the name of religion, and in the name of secularists. My religion is beautiful, I pray you hear the Good News.

Posted by Protestant December 27, 10 11:26 PM

pic #3 speaks volumes about the Hindu tolerance and brotherhood. Whilst the Christian and Islamic missionaries are hell bent on converting these 'heathens' or 'infidels' to their sacred religions through money or coercion, Hindus (Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs included) celebrate the formers' festivals along with them.

Posted by Sarabjit December 27, 10 11:27 PM

photo #35 is fantastic

Posted by Bala December 27, 10 11:48 PM

These bloody evangelists have converted lots on Hindus to Christians in India....
Nice pictures as always...
Happy New Year to all !!!

Posted by Mahesh December 28, 10 12:03 AM

merry chirsmas and happy new year to all

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 10 12:24 AM


Posted by SAHEER C A December 28, 10 01:29 AM

Slide 25 just about sums it up- cannot help but shed a tear!

Posted by Allan Sayers December 28, 10 01:43 AM

Finally, my hone town - Krasnoyarsk on! :)

Posted by Alex Dotoshny December 28, 10 03:00 AM

Now we'll wait for a beautiful New Year.

Posted by louis December 28, 10 03:26 AM

Love it!

Posted by oktora December 28, 10 03:37 AM

From Indonesia i want to say Happy Christmas....

Posted by Jimrif Paseki December 28, 10 03:48 AM

#1 and 30 are amazing I am a Muslim and i really feel sorry for those Iraqies who got killed in the church and for those who couldn't celebrate it inside Iraq
I hope the new year will bring happiness and peace to all the countries around the world =) merry Christmas

Posted by Israa Alkamali December 28, 10 04:00 AM

Great idea to focus on minorities, both social and national, for these celebrations.

@Sarabjit (#41) : not only do we not know the motives of this paiting, but you are also confusing a lot of things: 1/ Buddhists are not part of Hindus; 2/ missionaries in India are few, and whoever there are, they are not mosty Baptists, i.e. do not represent all Christians; 3/ what are you doing about J&K, RSS, Shiv Sena, BJP in Gujarat...? Not religious conversion, right, but religious extremism nonetheless. Every single religion in the world can embeb the best as well as the worst of humanity: hinduism, which I respect as much as any other religion (I have lived 4 years in India), is no better nor worse than Islam or Christianity.

Posted by Tom December 28, 10 04:18 AM

@Joshua P. Catholics are Christian.

Posted by poop December 28, 10 04:53 AM

Wonderful pictures!

Just missing one... there was a little miracle in Belgium last Saturday where a church collapsed just hours after the Christmas night service. Just two walls were left standing... nobody got hurt and the statue of Mother Mary was undamaged!

Posted by Bernd December 28, 10 05:19 AM


Posted by BTRON December 28, 10 06:06 AM

#7 made me feel like dying of cold...

#18 made me feel like coming back to life !!

Posted by Shtong December 28, 10 06:15 AM

@34 Hitler, Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot were not religious in the least and they were responsible for far more carnage than any conflict caused by those who pervert the true message of religion. Certainly, the great religious leaders such as Christ, the Buddha and Ghandi promoted harmony and forgiveness rather than violence; sadly, their adherants have not always followed suit. OK, it can be correctly argued that there are elements of violence within present day Islam (and Mohammed did authorise limited violence) but the vast majority of Muslims are peace

@10 Stop complaining and being so narrow minded. Of course, there are churches other than Catholicsm; but, they are the largest Christian group and they do a great job of celebrating Christmas.


loving people.

Posted by Christopher December 28, 10 06:21 AM

i am from IRAN and people of IRAN wish happy new years for all people the world.
Good luck all people in every world...

Posted by mohamad bakhtiary December 28, 10 06:32 AM

@24, pathetic people, these al-Qaida folks, even on Christmas they must make there awefull statements, looking from a distance, and claming there braveness when innocent people die for the couse THEY believe in, couwards!!!
They better should take an example by looking at @3!!!
That is what tollerance is all about, and normal, civilized human behaviour.

Posted by Willy December 28, 10 06:39 AM

34 has amazing lighting!

Posted by Christine December 28, 10 08:09 AM

how difficult is Xmas in so many country...their people are so brave

Posted by pd December 28, 10 09:21 AM


Posted by Horacio Lukaes December 28, 10 09:27 AM

Feliz Navidad!!!

Posted by John Chaparro December 28, 10 09:47 AM

they are look fantastic

Posted by raha December 28, 10 10:13 AM

Finally, my hone town - Krasnoyarsk on! :)

Posted by vedette December 28, 10 10:16 AM

magnifique photos

Posted by Paulo December 28, 10 10:32 AM

@ comment 7: When worn on a uniform, the blue field of the flag is to face forward. Think of what would happen if they were carrying a flag and moving forward. The blue field would be in the front. Similar idea.

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 10 10:50 AM

I would have loved Christmas only if it was celebrated like in #7 and #18. Otherwise, like all religious festivals, it's all about indoctrination.

Posted by Sam December 28, 10 10:54 AM

picture 24 no shake in statu of jesus

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 10 11:41 AM

#18 makes me want to believe in Santa Claus!

Posted by PJRiowa December 28, 10 12:49 PM

Desde la tierra del Sándalo extinto, de los grandes peces, de los bosques de Selkirk (Robinson Crusoe), del paraíso-presidio de Juan Fernández (Chile), de las langostas, de los hombres tristes arrasados por el Tsunami del 27 de febrero, pero que creen que Dios los ama...Feliz Navidad a los "bigPicture friend´s"

Posted by jorge palomino December 28, 10 04:17 PM

A happy new year to all of you and your family
Awesome pictures !!!
Ruud Mulder

Posted by Ruud Mulder December 28, 10 04:45 PM

Hermoso! reverenciando a Jesus!

Posted by noemi December 28, 10 05:29 PM

@7 re #4: You're right that flags on walls would be the reverse of the patches in that picture, but generally patches can have the flag facing either way. Although for military use I think it's supposed to be on the right shoulder with the union toward the front, like the woman in the back left is wearing it. I'm not sure what the deal is with the woman in front. In any case the picture is obviously not flipped, as the text on the nametags is not flipped.

Posted by ech December 28, 10 05:33 PM

And to think that Santa Claus is named after Sinter Klaus.. (Dutch for my uncle) and has nothing to do with religion per se. Great photos and great excuse to celebrate.. but less than 1/3 of world is Christian.. and like other
religions they have yet to prove god exists.. or how many gods are there. But this one is kept alive by retail stores worldwide.

Posted by Alfonso December 28, 10 05:40 PM

beautiful. I love 35

Posted by Claudia Meza December 28, 10 06:30 PM

Great pictures!!!! Happy New Year for all from Puerto Rico

Posted by Ana December 28, 10 07:49 PM

feliz navidad a todos desde Argentina que Jesus traiga paz al mundo que tanto lo necesita

Posted by miguel December 28, 10 08:53 PM

Thanks a lot for nice and beautiful pictures. No matter how cold or hot the whether is, Christmas will always be a joyful gathering with full of blessing. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Posted by Marthini KBS December 28, 10 10:04 PM

#11 - There is so much poverty and sick people in our country. Yet, I personally know that Santa who visited the hospital to be a constant every year for the past 3 years at least. He is a real Jolly Happy Soul who brings Christmas cheer to so many sick children who otherwise wouldn't have anything at all. God bless him.

Merry Christmas to all and congratulation on such inspiring pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Anna December 28, 10 10:47 PM

Really beautiful!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted by lxyu December 28, 10 11:50 PM

Beautiful pictures . Happy New Year ! :-) Warm greeting from China .

Posted by Tangw December 29, 10 03:55 AM

@53, I guess you missed the meaning. I think he's referring to Catholics as Christian "however" there are other Christian denomination that observe Christmas and should be represented in pictures too.

Great pictures! Is there a part II?

Posted by A. Khun December 29, 10 04:15 AM

international mix.. WUNDERBAR. ICH LIEBE DAS.. merry christmas and a happy prosperous newyear 2011 to all readers.

Posted by joseph kadavil December 29, 10 05:47 AM

a merry christmas and a happy new year wishes from india

Posted by david sangboi December 29, 10 06:47 AM

@Tom(#52) I agree with you that there are many individuals out there, claiming to represent Hinduism and committing heinous acts and their actions do put us all to shame.

On another note, despite what many believe, Hinduism does not fit into the western sense of the word religion, the closest you can compare it is to a combination of rituals. And since most of these rituals are commonly practised by the Buddhist, Jain and Sikh communities in India, these communities are considered to be a part of the broader Hindu family(by common Indians, not the state).

PS : I am a "Jain"

Posted by Lokesh December 29, 10 07:52 AM

35 is awesome

Posted by Anonymous December 29, 10 08:45 AM

To all those thinking it is Islam that forces women to cover their heads,look at picture 21.

Posted by Sangeen Khan December 29, 10 08:47 AM

Wonderful photos! And, of course - Marry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

Posted by Yaromax December 29, 10 09:17 AM

Excellent Pictures!!! From Argentina Happy New Year!!

Posted by santiago December 29, 10 09:42 AM

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all Gods Children..and piece to all man kind.

Posted by Daniel Koerner December 29, 10 10:36 AM

A lot of those pictures are of Orthodox Christians, not Catholic. Just saying.

Posted by Stormimay December 29, 10 10:41 AM

Although I am an atheist, I get a kick out of the Christmas spirit (photo 31).
Made my day.

Posted by John Fairweather December 29, 10 10:44 AM

¡Preciosas fotos! ¡Feliz Navidad a todos !

Posted by Ana Expósito Valle December 29, 10 10:54 AM


Posted by Anonymous December 29, 10 12:41 PM

7 Pic #4 brings an image of women of US Army. Is the US Flag on their arm backwards so it would appear properly when they look in a mirror? =)
Posted by Fabrício Marques December 27, 2010 12:45 PM

The US army solider wears the flag that way because the solider is always moving forward....

Posted by Randall D December 29, 10 01:15 PM

Beautiful. Let there be Peace on Earth. The universal prayer.

Posted by Mary McClure December 29, 10 02:20 PM

@88, your knowledge must be limited. The women in that picture are wearing "Saris", native clothing very common in India. Now a days, the majority of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladesh, Sri Lankan, wear them on special occasions, i.e. weddings, religious ceremonies, etc. They are not required to wear them all the time.

It is not a Hijab or a Burka where the extremist Islamic religion requires that a woman must be covered up from head to toe so as not to "excite" men if they happen to look their way. It's mandatory for them to wear it, not a choice.

Face it, women in Islamic countries are no better than slaves. Their rights only extend as far as the men wants it to be.

Posted by A. Mahoot December 29, 10 03:51 PM

@ 74 and 7 - You are correct on the wear of the flag on the US Army uniform. It is worn on the right shoulder to refect how it would appear if the soldier were carrying it while moving forward. The female in the back is wearing it correctly. The female in the front has inadvertently placed the patch on the incorrect shoulder.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone, everywhere. Peace.

Posted by LB December 29, 10 05:37 PM

There are the really picture about the Yesus Christ. Merry Christmas & Happy New Years. Selamat Natal & Tahun Baru 2011. Damai di Surga Damai di Bumi, we hope and believe.

Posted by Ibu Ani December 30, 10 12:34 AM

geart pics by great man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous December 30, 10 01:27 AM

Wonderful photographs!! Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to all!! :)

Posted by Aditya Shembekar December 30, 10 09:12 AM

Beautiful. Let There be Peace on Earth. The Universal Prayer HAPPY NEW YEAR

Posted by REV JAYKAR KRISTI December 30, 10 09:55 AM

The pictures are awesome ! That is the spirit of Christmas all over the world. The essence is "universal brotherhood" which leads to PEACE ON EARTH
Wish everyone A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Posted by premalatha December 30, 10 11:29 AM

peace love and armony hapy new year

Posted by omar December 30, 10 11:30 AM

Great pictures, as usual.

Just FYI, in pic #34, Orthodox Christians celebrate "Liturgy" not "Mass."

Posted by Anna December 30, 10 12:13 PM

Sublimes images, comme toujours. Choix judicieux, en outre, qui souligne que la fête de Noël - parasitée par un Santa Klaus commercial - n'a de sens que par la naissance du Christ. Les minorités chrétiennes le savent, pour ne cesser d'être persécutées par des majorités musulmanes ou hindoues.Et seul les églises catholique et orthodoxes savent célébrer en beauté, d'où probablement l'absence des diverses autres "dénominations chrétiennes"...
Bonne année à tous et en particulier à ces minorités persécutées!
Et merci aussi à vous pour le calendrier de l'Avent illuminé par les étoiles !

Posted by Catherine December 30, 10 03:10 PM

# 32 - Awesome spirit! :)

Posted by Gaurav December 30, 10 10:28 PM

Me encantó la número 1

Posted by Mathilde Alonso December 31, 10 10:22 AM

35 is my favorite

Posted by Sousuke December 31, 10 11:46 AM

31 over all !!

Posted by Franco Ferri Mala January 1, 11 08:56 AM

Theory confirmed: Australian girls are the world's cutest.

Posted by Knight January 1, 11 01:48 PM

98 are you demented or blind?The hijab is not forced upon women is Islam.Most women here in Pakistan do not wear it.And the dress in picture 21 is not a saari.Correct your knowledge first

Posted by Sangeen Khan January 2, 11 10:46 AM

It is very impressive. A cheery greeting on this bright and happy Christmas day. Merry Christmas.

Posted by Hai Hau A January 2, 11 11:23 AM

photo 35 could have been taken decades ago,,,,,, nothing has changed for the homeless !

Posted by barry green January 2, 11 01:12 PM

khaili ghashang bod kian jannnnnn

Posted by Anonymous January 3, 11 04:36 AM


Posted by KHALEEL January 4, 11 03:29 AM

All the countries of the world whether Saudi Arabia, India, China or any other countries mark christmas as holiday, then why the christian countries like USA, UK, Canada or other European countries do not give holiday on other religious festivals like Eid, Diwali etc.?

Posted by Stepan Razin. January 4, 11 02:08 PM

I did not know why I stopped at Pic.No. 1 more than 5 min... Then I understand why... I was for an Iraqi girl...
Merry x-mas and happy new year...

Posted by Nabeel Kadhim Abbood January 5, 11 06:12 AM

@34-At least Christmas is celebrated not only by most religions but the world. The message it conveys is of joy, peace, giving, loving (agape) and giving. Everyone understands the spirit about it. It transcends cultures, languages, politics, etc. It even stopped fighting on some of the frontlines in World War I.

Some people may not like Christianity but we essentially revolve around it. The years of our time revolve around it. We are in 2010 A.D.-Anno Domini, which means "In the Year of our Lord". Even the name "Mattes" is the short form of Matthew-Hebrew in origin. It means a "gift from God". Be of good cheer then!

Let this spirit of Christmas prevail throughout the year. Living and walking the spirit it brings is good for everyone.

Posted by George January 6, 11 12:25 PM

Many nice pictures, but I love pic 11 the best.

Still, I miss the real Christians. I love Jesus, but most Christians are so unless Christ.

Posted by lizzie January 11, 11 08:49 PM

lol at 31 in Indonesia, yay

Posted by rizky January 18, 11 03:27 AM

halo .
nice photo .
thanks for share .

Posted by sari January 20, 11 09:21 PM

very nice work ...... chapeau

Posted by mEhdi mamsi January 21, 11 10:25 PM

What a beautiful set of pictures, enjoyed each one of them.

Posted by Chris Corthouts January 26, 11 07:33 AM

hello .
nice post .
thanks for share .

Posted by Freshila February 1, 11 09:27 PM

Nice photo

Posted by February 2, 11 03:44 AM

very nice

Posted by hamir February 2, 11 01:53 PM

#35 (!!!) Watch her eyes shining...

Posted by Werebear March 9, 11 06:53 AM
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