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Revelers in Minsk celebrate the holidays with caroling and vodka

This looks like a cold, and colorful tradition - though perhaps the vodka helps with the cold.

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People walk in a snow-covered street as they celebrate the Christmas carol rite (Koliady) in the village of Pogost, some 250 km south-east of Minsk, on Jan. 7. Koliady is an ancient pagan holiday initially celebrated on winter solstice but since appropriated to celebrate Christmas, New Year according to the Julian calendar, and other winter holidays.

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People drink vodka as they celebrate the Christmas carol rite (Koliady) in the village of Pogost, some 250 km south-east of Minsk, on Jan. 7.