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Celebrating a January Christmas in Belarus

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A man plays the accordion as people gathered during Christmas celebration in the town of Richev, some 180 miles south of Minsk, Belarus, on Jan. 7.

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A picture taken through mirrors shows a woman applying make-up on a man wearing a costume, during a Christmas celebration in Richev, on Monday.

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A woman gives a drink to a man as they attend a Christmas celebration in the town of Richev, some 180 miles south of Minsk on Monday.

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People celebrate the pagan rite called 'Kolyadki' in the village of Zhazhelka, some 30 miles east of Minsk, on Monday. Kolyadki is a pagan winter holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Ukraine and some parts of Belarus.

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People sit on a horse-drawn cart as they attend Christmas celebrations in the town of Richev, on Monday.

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