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2010년 12월 24일 금요일

세계 각국의 크리스마스: Christmas around the world



Bethlehem Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal carries the statuette of baby Jesus during the midnight Mass ceremony which marks the beginning of Christmas Day at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early on Dec. 25.

Afghanistan Spc. Steven Galvin from Holstein, Iowa, of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry wears a Santa Claus hat as he returns fire during a sudden attack by Taliban on Combat Outpost Badel in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, Dec. 24. U.S. soldiers, including Galvin, were wearing the hats to celebrate Christmas eve inside the small outpost when insurgent fighters shot at them from a hillside outside the base. Still wearing the hats, the soldiers rushed to take defensive positions and returned fire.

Shaanxi Province, China A Christmas tree measuring over 10 meters high, is illuminated beside sculptures of ancient people in the background of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda on Dec. 24 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. Christmas is becoming increasingly popular in Chinese consumer culture, along with

Sudan A southern Sudanese man wears a t-shirt reading, "Vote For Your Freedom", as he holds up a cross during a Christmas Eve procession in Juba.

Beirut, Lebanon A Christian choir wearing cowboy hats sings during Christmas Eve celebrations on Dec. 24 in the Ashrafiyeh neighborhood of east Beirut.

Sydney, Australia A group of Santa hat-wearing English tourists attempt to build a pyramid while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi beach in Sydney, on Dec. 25.

Gaza City Palestinan boys blow a vuvuzela as they watch the Christmas Eve sunset along the sea front in Gaza City.

Los Angeles Josiah Joseph, 5, left, of Los Angeles and other children play in fake snow at the Los Angeles Mission. The Christmas Eve event provides food, toys, clothes and other gifts for families in need.

Fantastic Christmas Lights Display 
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New York People skate on an ice rink while pedestrians look at the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Christmas Eve.

Cocoa Beach, Fla. People dressed as Santa Claus surf at Cocoa Beach, Fla., on Christmas Eve. They had gathered at Surfin' Santa George Trossett's beach house.


New Delhi Children light candles at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Eve in New Delhi, India. Christians in India make up just over 2 percent of its one billion residents.


Bethlehem Nigerian Christians gather for prayers under paintings of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus in the Grotto inside the Church of the Nativity, accepted by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists take part in the annual procession from Manger Square into the church to mark Jesus' birth.


Beijing A girl gestures to a boy to keep silent during a Christmas Eve Mass at the South Cathedral in Beijing.


Colorao Springs, Colo. Air Force Lt. Col. David Hanson, of Chicago, takes a phone call from a child in Florida at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colo. Volunteers take as many as 80,000 phone calls from youngsters and adults around the world with questions about Santa and his travels.

Ayutthaya Province, Thailand An elephant performs before giving out gifts to students to mark the Christmas season at a school in Thailand's Ayutthaya province. The event was held as part of a campaign to promote Christmas.

Moscow A boy lights a candle during a celebration at the Cathedral of Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception in Moscow.


Hefei, China A teacher dressed as Santa distributes candy to children at a kindergarten in Hefei, Anhui province, China, on Dec. 23.

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