Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ, celebrated all over the world on 25 December, is round the corner, and people across the globe are in a festive mood.
Check out how the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated in different parts of the world:
Natives and tourists attend the dramatic annual Christmas Eve procession in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, where Jesus is believed to have been born. The home of Christians will be marked by a cross along with a home-made manger scene.
History says that Santa Claus was born in the US in the 1860s and now in the 20th century, majority of the people in the country celebrate the festival by exchanging gifts, attending the holy midnight mass, paying family visits and a dinner with a variety of food items. From huge Christmas trees to colourful decorations, the festive season is celebrated with much enthusiasm and energy.
One of the common customs in England during Christmas is "Mummering," a house-visiting tradition, in which people put on masks and act the season-related plays. Even these days, kids leave an empty socks or pillowcase at the end of their bed, which they believe would be filled with presents from the Father Christmas, who is believed to be the English gift-giver.
As per the traditional Russian celebration, believers take part in special prayers and fasting, which longs for nearly 39 days, until 6 January. This will be followed by a 12-course dinner, which includes fish, cooked dried fruit and cabbage stuffed with millet among others to honour the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.
Italy commemorates Christmas in a three-week-long celebration and a strict fasting will be observed on the Christmas Eve, which will be followed by a meal with many dishes, without meat. The celebrations will last till the Feast of Epiphany, the day children hang up their stockings awaiting Befana, a witch-like character who rides on a broom.