Here’s How Christmas is Celebrated Across The World

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ZHENGZHOU, CHINA - DECEMBER 24: An inflatable decoration featuring Santa Claus who carries a bag is on display at a plaza to welcome the upcoming Christmas on December 24, 2018 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China. (Photo by Shi Guangming/VCG via Getty Images)

Christmas is an annual holiday celebrated all around the world with different rituals and customs. While Philippines organises a Giant Lantern Festival, Russians participate in a race called ‘HappyRun’.

In Britain, Queen Elizabeth recorded an annual Christmas message and in the US, President Donald Trump took calls from children eager to track Santa Claus.

Here are photos of Christmas celebrations from around the world:

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A giant, floating Santa Claus stands in a lake in front of Phu My Cathedral outside Hanoi, Vietnam. 

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Children dressed as Santa Claus participate in a procession in Jammu, India.

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Christmas lanterns, known locally as ‘parol’, on display along a street in Manila. Parol are star-shaped Christmas lanterns patterned to resemble the Star of Bethlehem. Philippines holds the annual Giant Lantern Festival on the Saturday before Christmas.

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A Santa Claus on his sleigh as he arrives in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. It was believed to be the biblical West Bank city’s largest Christmas celebrations in years.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth poses for photos after recording her annual Christmas Day message. 

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Fans of the FC Union football club gather in the club’s stadium to sing Christmas carols in Berlin, Germany. The annual gathering has become a firm tradition now in its 16th year. 

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People dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, participate in the race ‘HappyRun’ at the VDNH exhibition center in Moscow, Russia.

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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump take calls from children. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) claims to track Santa Claus’ flight across the globe.

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People wearing Santa Claus outfits to celebrate Christmas sell products at the Santa Village near the Buncheon Station Plaza in Bonghwa, South Korea.

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On the eve of Christmas, Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in New Delhi is decorated with lights.

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Children sing Christmas carols to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Maximos Mansion. 

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Christmas decorations and traditional Christmas market in front of Viena City Hall in Vienna, Austria.

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People paritcipate in the ‘Best Santa Claus’ competition, organised by the Christmas Shalom Christian Association in Pune.

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Elephants in Santa Claus costumes perform for students during Christmas celebrations at the Jirasart school in Bangkok, Thailand.

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