Families around the world celebrate Christmas Day with traditions both old and new – from church services to ice swimming races. The Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is celebrated by billions of people around the world and, although customs vary between cultures, the universal theme of the holiday is love and joy – overshadowed this year by the, and other conflicts around the world.
Here’s a look at the 2023 Christmas scenes around the world, starting with the blessing of Pope Francis, who delivered his annual address.from St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Celebrations, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, have been subdued amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. Many public celebrations were canceled and one church displayed a Nativity scene showing the baby Jesus wrapped in a keffiyeh and surrounded by rubble.
used its annual Christmas message to encourage kindness and compassion, and gathered with members of the royal family for religious services at their Sandringham estate.
on December 25 instead of the traditional Orthodox date of January 7 for the first time, after the government changed the date as a snub for Russia, which invaded the country almost two years ago.
It was a foggy Christmas morning in New York.
NORAD, the joint US-Canadian military surveillance agency, continued itsof around the globe.
Some marked the occasion with a celebratory but freezing swim in the ocean.
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