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Christmas Arrives for Orthodox Christians

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A woman attends a prayer service during the Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in St. Volodymir Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, on Jan. 6.
Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, in accordance with the Julian calendar. This was largely replaced in western Europe by the Gregorian calendar 500 years ago.

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Image: People walk in front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral during midnight Christmas service in Tbilisi

People walk in front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral during midnight Christmas service in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Jan. 7.

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Image: Orthodox Christians Celebrate Christmas in Moscow

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill holds a Christmas Mass in the Christ The Saviour Cathedral early Jan. 7 in Moscow.

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Image: Christmas Eve mass in Johannesburg

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar, attend a Christmas Eve Mass at the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Jan. 6. A wedding ceremony was also held for one of the church members to coincide with Christmas celebrations.

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People watch a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches - the Yule log symbol for the Orthodox Christmas Eve - in front of St. Sava temple in Belgrade, Serbia, on Jan. 6.

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