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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle during a Christmas service in an Orthodox Monastery in the south Russian city of Sochi Credit: Reuters