State of Palestine: Clerical procession arrives at Manger Square ahead of Orthodox Christmas mass

Orthodox Christian patriarchs walked in a procession through Bethlehem on Monday to arrive at Manger Square ahead of a midnight mass, which is due to be led by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos III. The clergy paraded with banners and flags while hundreds of people were entertained by marching scouts playing bag-pipes. Christmas celebrations on January 6-7 are known... Еще as the 'Old Christmas Day' as they are based on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar, which most of Europe adopted in 1752.

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