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Christmas Celebration in Georgia
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
07 Jan 2019

On January 7 Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

On January 7th Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Christmas celebration in Georgia
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

On January 7th Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: the clock tower with the new lights.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the aerial show on the palace of the post in Victory square.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the aerial show on the palace of the post in Victory square.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Christmas for Refugees in Iraq
Dohuk
By rsoufi
22 Dec 2014

December 22, 2014
Dohuk, Iraq

Iraqi Christian refugees put up a huge Christmas tree outside of the Chaldean Cultural Centre in Dohuk. The tree is the biggest in the region and is made of astro-turf wrapped around a metal frame, materials supplied by Afram, an engineer and owner of the centre, which is now housing 87 Christian refugee families.

Inside the centre, Salma is putting up Christmas decorations. She and her husband fled Tel Isqof, in northern Iraq, to escape ISIS and now live with other refugees in Dohuk. Their sons both fled the country.

Farouk and George, a former employee at Basra airport and a former employee at the oil plant in Kirkuk, respectively, wish to leave Iraq for a more stable life.

Transcription:

Farouk, Christian refugee, (Man, Arabic):

(00:36-00:58) Farouk: "This is a Christmas tree for the Chaldean Cultural Centre. All the people here participated in the making of it."

Interviewer: How did you make it?

Farouk: "We cover it with a carpet and then we decorate it with Christmas lights and Christmas decorations."

(01:03-01:47) Farouk: "This is the work of Mr. Afram. He allowed us to reside here, we were 87 families."

Interviewer: Is this the only tree that you are making?

Farouk: "No, we have another tree inside and a grotto."

Interviewer: What do you hope for this Christmas?

Farouk: "We hope for peace, and to leave this country, because nobody is giving us our rights."

Interviewer: Why are you making this tree?

Farouk: "It is a holiday, we have to make it."

George, Christian refugee, (Man, Arabic):

(01:59-02:15) George: "Even if our situation is hard, it will become easier, nothing stays the same. Life is a chance, to see the good and to see the bad. and hopefully God will fix things, and make it better for us. We are refugees, and we hope our situation will improve."

(02:21-02:31) George: "We build the christmas tree every year. No matter what happens, we build it every year."

Interviewer: The fact that you are refugees did not affect you negatively?

George: "No, nothing can affect us."

(02:38-02:52) George: "We hope to return to Kirkuk, to work and continue to live our lives. We do not care about ISIS or anyone."

Salma, Christian refugee (Woman, Arabic):

(04:02-04:16) Salma: "I am decorating the tree. The Christmas tree."

Interviewer: Why are you decorating it?

Salma: "Because it is a religious holiday that we celebrate every year and decorate the tree."

(04:24-05:22) Salma: "I remember when we used to be in our village, and celebrate this holiday with the family, friends, and relatives."

Interviewer: What did you used to do at Christmas time back when you were in your village?

Salma: "We used to celebrate, prepare food and sweets for the holiday when all the family gathers."

Interviewer: What is your current situation here?

Salma: "We are living in a tragedy. It is not nice to live here for any of the people in this building. But thanks to Mr. Afram, who allowed us to stay here, we are so much better than others."

(05:27-05:42) Salma: "If they cannot find a solution they should allow mass immigration. I am here alone with my husband. All of my children are out of the country, Why should my husband and I stay here?"

(05:47-06:37) Salma: Are we Christian or citizens of this country? We ask God to fix this situation."

Interviewer: Is it necessary to build the tree?

Salma: "Yes absolutely, the tree should be placed and decorated at the beginning of December, to start preparing for the holiday. This tree is a blessing from God, maybe it will bless us so the situation can be fixed and we can return to our homes. Many people do not want to immigrate. This is our country and it is very important to us, when we think of what happened to our country we feel sad, but what can we do?"

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Slovakia's Good Luck Fish Dish
Trnava
By danubestory
20 Dec 2014

In general, people in Slovakia are not used to eating fish, but around the winter holidays, Slovakians and other eastern Europeans enjoy a local specialty: fried horse-shoe shaped slices of carp served with a mayonnaise potato salad. The horse-shoe shape is viewed as a sign of good luck. The carp are bred in special ponds and then are distributed to specialist shops in all the towns and villages before the holidays. Many Slovakians keep the fish alive in their bath tubs before preparing the traditional meal.

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Refugee Children Celebrate St. Nichol...
Kiev, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
17 Dec 2014

This winter not every Ukrainian child will be waking up in his own bed, in his own home, or in his own city on the morning of St. Nicholas. The war in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts has caused the displacement of more than 500 thousand Ukrainians. Thousands of families have fled eastern Ukraine to save their lives. Government agencies are unprepared to handle such great numbers of internal refugees requiring social services that include housing aid, food aid, and psychological therapy plus incorporating those people into the job market. Volunteer and civic organizations as well as the organized initiatives of the refugees themselves are most effective in solving the above mentioned problems.

On December 17th, 19 volunteers from Kyiv with the support and assistance of concerned Europeans and members of the German Lutheran Church, arranged a St. Nicholas Day celebration for more than 100 children from Eastern Ukraine.

St. Nicholas Day is a holiday the whole world knows. Like children everywhere, children in Ukraine wait for it impatiently every year. The way the holiday is celebrated in Ukraine can differ from region to region and from family to family. It can include going to church for a prayer service. It can include kids painstakingly writing perfectly formulated letters that include a catalog of flawless behavior in the past year and requests for desired gifts.

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Inside Slovakia's Traditional Sauerkr...
Svedernik
By danubestory
27 Nov 2014

Every delicacy costs something. Producing real-deal, traditional sauerkraut in commercial quantities means hard work for a group ladies devoted to the craft.

Sauerkraut is full of vitamins and probiotics. It also cleanses the digestive system. However, the forced fermentation of vegetables for supermarkets means that these products don’t contain the C and B vitamins or probiotics that make sauerkraut a balanced food source. In this sauerkraut factory in the Slovakian village of Svedernik, cabbage is naturally fermented, adding only salt and caraway seeds for flavor. Other than these simple ingredients, the factory relies only on huge wooden barrels and hardworking ladies wielding sharp knives to produce its signature kraut.

Sauerkraut has a long tradition in the Balkan countries, in Central Europe and in Germany. People used to conserve cabbage by fermentation to eat during the winter when no fresh fruit or vegetables were available. Many traditional dishes - including the popular Christmas meal for Slovakians, sauerkraut soup - are made from the cabbage fermented here.

For the most part, Italians and other coastal nations in Europe don’t eat it. This seems strange, because in the past eating pickled cabbage used to be the only way for seamen to ensure they had enough vitamin C to avoid scurvy during long shipping voyages.

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
04 Jan 2014

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: the clock tower with the new lights.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Karen Christmas 5
maela refugee camp Mae Sot Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Dec 2013

Christmas rituals on the 25th of December at the Anglican Church at C zone of Maela refugee camp.

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Karen Christmas 3
Maela refugee camp Mae Sot
By vincenzo floramo
24 Dec 2013

Altar boy puts in place the wine for the Mass on Christmas Day at the Anglican Church of C zone at Maela refugees camp.

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Karen Christmas 4
Maela refugee camp Mae Sot
By vincenzo floramo
24 Dec 2013

Naw Tue Tu,65 years old listens to the priest Sermon during the Christmas day at the local Anglican Church at Mae la refugee camp.

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Christmas at The Maela Refugee Camp
Myanmar, Karen State, Burma, Thailand
By Transterra Editor
24 Dec 2013

The Thai-Burmese border area is an exotic and dangerous paradise at the same time. However, for most people, it is unknown.

Nearly 30 years ago, the first Karen minority refugees who escaped Myanmar arrived to this area. Today more than 50,000 people are living at the Maela refugee camp, situated 70 km north of MaeSot, a recently economically booming border city.

Although at first glance this might seem like an idyllic village, where the quality of life of its inhabitants is much higher than the "normal" standard of other refugees around the world, the Burmese who live in the camp have suffered the most atrocious violence by the Myanmar army. The majority of the camp resident are Christians. During Christmas Eve and holy days, they celebrate in the numerous Churches spread around the camp. Night shows and masses attract the devotes to the Churches and presents are distributed. The camp's residents have been stuck in a small corner of tropical forest with no choice but to live with dignity between the barbed wire fences surrounding the camp, under strict control of the Thai army.

A ceasefire was signed between the Karen leaders and the Myanmar authorities. However,there are many rumors about the Karen being repatriated back to their country which is a first step on the long way of reconciliation.

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Karen Christmas 6
Maela refugee camp Mae Sot
By vincenzo floramo
23 Dec 2013

Naw Nu Poe, 25 years old with at her parentshome preparing the parcels for Christmas eve night celebrations with her son

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Karen Christmas 7
Mae La refugee camp,Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
23 Dec 2013

Christmas decoration at the pastor house of the Baptist Church at C zone of Maela refugee camp.

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Karen Christmas 8
Maela refugee camp Mae Sot
By vincenzo floramo
23 Dec 2013

Distributions of presents at the Baptist Church during the Christmas eve celebrations at Maela refugee camp.

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Karen Christmas 9
Maela refugee camp Mae Sot
By vincenzo floramo
23 Dec 2013

Saw Taw Kaw Si So Gay with his presents on Christmas eve at the Baptist Church of C zone at Maela refugee camp.

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Karen Christmas 2
Mae La refugee camp,Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
23 Dec 2013

View of C zone at Maela refugee camp where the majority of Christian Karen Burmese minority lives.

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Graffiti in Beirut 3
lebanon beirut
By Pierre de RougŽ
22 Dec 2013

Two artists during the "Christmas graffiti Jam" in Beirut, 12/13

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Graffiti in Beirut 6
lebanon beirut
By Pierre de RougŽ
22 Dec 2013

a graffiti made during the "Christmas Graffiti Jam" in December.

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The Pilgrimage (25 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
31 Dec 2012

A group of Ethiopian Orthodox Christian pilgrims gather at the edge of Bet Giyorgis for morning prayer. The pilgrims, many dressed in white, travel by foot from all over the populous country to pay tribute in the small mountain town of Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (16 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

A pilgrim reads from the bible along the steep walls of Lalibela's stone churches. Originally built in the 12th and 13th centuries as a second Jerusalem for Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians, pilgrims arrive to the site each year to celebrate Orthodox Christmas. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.