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Orthodox Christians Celebrate Christmas

Orthodox Christmas services got under way Friday as worshippers across the world prepared to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Orthodox Christians, including Russians, Greeks, Serbs and Montenegrins, celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar.

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Children in traditional costumes sing Christmas carols, known locally as "Kolyadki" as they celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Pustomity village near Lviv, Urkaine, January 7, 2012. (Reuters)
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Children in traditional costumes sing Christmas carols, known locally as "Kolyadki" as they celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Pustomity village near Lviv, Urkaine, January 7, 2012. (Reuters)

Armenian Orthodox pries Karekin II, center, conducts Christmas service in Echmiadzin about 24 km east of the capital Yerevan, Armenia, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP)
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Armenian Orthodox pries Karekin II, center, conducts Christmas service in Echmiadzin about 24 km east of the capital Yerevan, Armenia, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP)

A woman holds a child during an Orthodox Christmas Mass at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, January 7, 2012. Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7 according to the Julian calendar that is used by the country's Orthodox church. (Reuters)
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A woman holds a child during an Orthodox Christmas Mass at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, January 7, 2012. Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7 according to the Julian calendar that is used by the country's Orthodox church. (Reuters)

Bosnian Serb children break the traditional Christmas bread to mark Orthodox Christmas Day festivities in Banja Luka ,140 kilometers northwest of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP)
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Bosnian Serb children break the traditional Christmas bread to mark Orthodox Christmas Day festivities in Banja Luka ,140 kilometers northwest of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP)

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