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Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas

A Palestinian Greek Orthodox boy holds a candle as he attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City Photo: Reuters

Most Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar which means the holy day is two weeks after most western Christian churches that abide by the Gregorian calendar.

A Palestinian Greek Orthodox boy holds a candle as he attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City Credit: Reuters
A Palestinian Greek Orthodox boy attends Christmas services at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City Credit: Reuters

Orthodox Christians across the world have been celebrating the day with blessings and services.

An Orthodox priest blesses servicemen of the Belarussian Interior Ministry's special unit Credit: Reuters
A Belarussian serviceman makes the sign of the cross during a service in an Orthodox church at a military base in Minsk Credit: Reuters
Patriarch Kirill leads a Christmas service attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow Credit: Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle during a Christmas service in an Orthodox Monastery in the south Russian city of Sochi Credit: Reuters