Christians across the world celebrated Christmas today under unusual circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Streams of drummers marched through Bethlehem yesterday and Notre Dame hosted a choral concert for the first time since it was destroyed by fire.
Pope Francis hosted Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City slightly earlier than usual last night.
Bethlehem ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land.
But few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris played host to a Christmas Eve choral concert, an annual tradition in France.
In a concession to the fact that the cathedral is still being rebuilt, the choristers wore construction hard hats and boiler suits, and there was no audience.
The concert was recorded at the cathedral earlier this month, and was broadcast on French television just before midnight on Christmas Eve.
More subdued scenes were seen across the world as the festive family gatherings and packed prayers that typically mark the holiday were scaled back due to the pandemic.
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Source: Daily Mail