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Yearender 2016: Silent Night, Holy Night

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Published : Dec 25, 2016, 1:02 pm IST
Updated : Jul 8, 2017, 8:39 pm IST
While security arrangements in Europe were in place for Christmas, people across the Middle East, Pakistan and India celebrated Christmas with jubilation (Photo: AP)
While security arrangements in Europe were in place for Christmas, people across the Middle East, Pakistan and India celebrated Christmas with jubilation (Photo: AP)
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A girls sells Santa caps and masks at a traffic intersection on the Christmas eve in New Delhi, India (Photo: AP)
A girls sells Santa caps and masks at a traffic intersection on the Christmas eve in New Delhi, India (Photo: AP)
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A girl lights a candles while talking on her mobile phone on the eve of Christmas at the decorated Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi, India (Photo: AP)
A girl lights a candles while talking on her mobile phone on the eve of Christmas at the decorated Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi, India (Photo: AP)
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Season's first snowfall in Shimla Shimla: Tourists enjoy first snowfall of the season on the Christmas eve (Photo: PTI)
Season's first snowfall in Shimla
Shimla: Tourists enjoy first snowfall of the season on the Christmas eve (Photo: PTI)
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Indians shop on the eve of Christmas in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population in India, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare (Photo: AP)
Indians shop on the eve of Christmas in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population in India, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare (Photo: AP)
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Pakistani Christians attend midnight service at Saint Anthony's church on Christmas eve in Lahore, Pakistan (Photo: AP)
Pakistani Christians attend midnight service at Saint Anthony's church on Christmas eve in Lahore, Pakistan (Photo: AP)
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Pakistani Christians visit a grave of their family member at a graveyard ahead of Christmas in Karachi, Pakistan (Photo: AP)
Pakistani Christians visit a grave of their family member at a graveyard ahead of Christmas in Karachi, Pakistan (Photo: AP)
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Priests and clergy process to attend the Christmas celebration midnight Mass at the Cathedral-Basilical in Vilnius, Lithuania (Photo: AP)
Priests and clergy process to attend the Christmas celebration midnight Mass at the Cathedral-Basilical in Vilnius, Lithuania (Photo: AP)
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Faithful gather around the altar during the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (Photo: AP)
Faithful gather around the altar during the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (Photo: AP)
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Catholic christians participate at a Christmas Eve mass in Sent Antuan church, the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul (Photo: AP)
Catholic christians participate at a Christmas Eve mass in Sent Antuan church, the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul (Photo: AP)
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Sri Lanka has unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree (Photo: AP)
Sri Lanka has unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree (Photo: AP)
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A pair of Muslim children run through a Christmas display at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Photo: AP)
A pair of Muslim children run through a Christmas display at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Photo: AP)
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Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost, the Russian Santa Claus) rides a quad bike as he arrives for the festivities of incoming New Year and Christmas at the Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg (Photo: AP)
Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost, the Russian Santa Claus) rides a quad bike as he arrives for the festivities of incoming New Year and Christmas at the Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg (Photo: AP)
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An Iraqi Christian woman lights candles before a Christmas Eve Mass at a church in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: AP)
An Iraqi Christian woman lights candles before a Christmas Eve Mass at a church in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: AP)
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Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, center, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, leads the Christmas Midnight Mass in Saint Catherine's Church at the Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the adjacent Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank (Photo: AP)
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, center, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, leads the Christmas Midnight Mass in Saint Catherine's Church at the Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the adjacent Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank (Photo: AP)
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French Police officers patrol near Notre Dame Cathedral as worshippers arrive for the Christmas eve mass in Paris, France (Photo: AP)
French Police officers patrol near Notre Dame Cathedral as worshippers arrive for the Christmas eve mass in Paris, France (Photo: AP)
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U.S. Army personal light candles dring Christmas Eve's Mass in the Assyrian Orthodox church of Mart Shmoni, in Bartella, Iraq (Photo: AP)
U.S. Army personal light candles dring Christmas Eve's Mass in the Assyrian Orthodox church of Mart Shmoni, in Bartella, Iraq (Photo: AP)
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