Christmas Celebrations around the World

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The Christmas festive spirit gripped the world, as people got together with loved ones on Christmas to pray for peace, harmony and prosperity in the coming year. Around the world, the holidays are in full swing. There are Christmas lights in Hong Kong, midnight Mass in Bethlehem, and even Santa distributing sweets in India.
Pope Francis ushered in his first Christmas as pontiff with a sermon drawing on the theme of humility as he cited Jesus’ humble beginnings as a poor and vulnerable baby. Thousands gathered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to hear midnight Mass near the site of Jesus’ birth.
The International Diplomat Magazine had collected some of the picture from Christmas celebrations around the world.