In pictures: World celebrates Christmas

People across the world are celebrating Christmas – one of the holiest times in the Christian calendar. However, for the second year in a row, there are smaller crowds at church services and other events because of the continuing coronavirus outbreak. Here's our snapshot of global festivities.

Image source, NurPhoto via Getty ImagesImage caption, Colourful lights decorations made this footbridge in Taipei, Taiwan, very popular with the locals and touristsImage source, ReutersImage caption, Nuns held prayers at a solemn church service in Nairobi, KenyaImage source, ReutersImage caption, In Pakistan, families – many with young children – attended a Christmas Eve service at St Andrew's church in KarachiImage source, ReutersImage caption, Worshippers lit candles in Istanbul, TurkeyImage source, ReutersImage caption, In the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, the biblical birthplace of Jesus, a midnight Mass was held in the Church of the NativityImage source, Corbis via Getty ImagesImage caption, Pope Francis presided at the similar service in the Vatican, which was held earlier than usual because of Covid restrictionsImage source, AFP via Getty ImagesImage caption, Young altar servers assisted during celebrations in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern IraqImage source, NurPhoto via Getty ImagesImage caption, This giant sand sculpture of Santa Claus appeared on the beach of Bay of Bengal in India's eastern Odisha stateImage source, NurPhoto via Getty ImagesImage caption, Meanwhile, a rhino enjoyed its Christmas treats at Orana Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Christchurch, New ZealandImage source, ReutersImage caption, This pub in London, Great Britain, looked a giant Christmas toy

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