PHOTOS: Christmas Around The World

Dec 25, 2020
Originally published on December 25, 2020 8:12 pm

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world are celebrating a Christmas unlike any other.

Here are some scenes from this year's holiday season.

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A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus takes a photo near a Christmas decoration in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 24, 2020.
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Worshippers of Legio Maria wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 attend the Christmas service at their church in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, on Dec. 25, 2020.
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A man in a Santa Claus costume rides a motorbike in the Old Quarter on Dec. 24, 2020, in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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A Palestinian scouts band parades in front of the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, on Dec. 24, 2020. Annual festivities around the Church of the Nativity were scaled back but Bethlehem residents were intent on maintaining traditions.
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People wearing face masks walk past a Christmas display at a shopping mall in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong on Dec. 24, 2020.
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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for "to the city [of Rome] and to the world") Christmas Day blessing in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2020.
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A model dressed as a Christmas tree and wearing a face shield poses for photos in a shopping mall in Bangkok on Dec. 24, 2020.
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Mario, 7, looks from his family's home in Stamford, Connecticut, on Dec. 24, 2020. The Guatemalan immigrant family, with multiple generations living under the same roof, are recovering from the coronavirus while trying to celebrate Christmas. Eight of 10 family members are COVID-19 positive. Mario, a special needs child, has tested negative for the virus.
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Francisco Monzon, 50, a taxi driver dressed as Santa Claus, looks at his phone, in Boca del Rio, Veracruz state, Mexico, on Dec. 24, 2020.
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A seniors' residence employee (second right) dances with residents as a band plays on Christmas Eve at Las Praderas home on Dec. 24, 2020, in Pozuelo de Alarcon, near Madrid, Spain. The residence is free of COVID-19 cases.
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A health worker dressed as Santa Claus visits patients in a hospital in Cali, Colombia, on Dec. 24, 2020.
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A diver dressed as Santa Claus greets visitors at the Dubai mall aquarium, in the United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 24, 2020.
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Christian women pray during a Christmas mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020.
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A family poses for a photo on Christmas Day at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia, Dec. 25, 2020.
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