When millions of people were celebrating the joys of Christmas on 26 December 2004, many others faced one of the worst disasters that shocked the entire world.
The Indian Ocean earthquake, with a magnitude of Mw 9.1–9.3, hit the coastal shores of Asia 10 years ago, killing more than two lakh people in fourteen countries.
Indonesia was the hardest Tsunami hit country, which had more than one lakh casualties, followed by Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
On Friday, 26 December 2014, various memorial ceremonies were held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster that killed nearly a quarter-million people in history's worst natural calamities.
Swedish Prime Minister delivered a speech during a function at Uppsala Cathedral, to remember the victims.
European tsunami survivors held a memorial service and a candlelight ceremony in southern Thailand. A service was also held at Khao Lak, where a boat has become an eternal monument of the powerful disaster.
Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia, led a ceremony in the Aceh province capital, where many placed flowers at the grave of the tsunami victims.
Survivors in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu also took part in various local memorial services.