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In pictures: Christmas celebrations around the world

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People across the world are celebrating one of the holiest times in the Christian calendar. But this year’s church services and events (Christmas Day is celebrated by western churches on 25 December but by eastern churches on 7 January) are being attended by far fewer people because of the coronavirus outbreak. Social distancing and wearing masks are now the new must in many places.

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image captionIn Australia, Christmas-themed attire was popular among swimmers at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach

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image captionPope Francis led a Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican before a drastically reduced congregation

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image captionThe Archbishop of Canterbury wore a protective face mask and gloves during a Christmas Day service in the UK

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image captionThese Christians in the Indonesian capital Jakarta observed social distancing at a Christmas Mass

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image captionWorshippers in Tokyo also observed coronavirus measures

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image captionThese women in Kenya’s Kibera slum wore masks during Christmas prayers

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image captionIn South Korea, a Christmas service from the Yoido Full Gospel Church was streamed online

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image captionIn India, children lit candles at the entrance gate of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi

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image captionThis woman wore a mask to attend a service in Kolkata

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image captionThese women prayed silently during the service in St Andrew’s Church in Karachi, Pakistan

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image captionIn Iraq, people gathered around a fire during a Mass in the Virgin Mary Church in the capital Baghdad

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image captionThere were festive cheers at this centre for the elderly in Santiago de Compostela in Spain

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image captionThis mother and son wore protective clothing to visit a care home in northern England

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image captionPeople in parts of the UK woke up to a white Christmas

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image captionEmployees at a gold shop in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat got into the festive spirit by donning reindeer antlers

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image captionIn Indonesia, children wore masks as they interacted with Santa Claus at a shopping mall

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