People celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in the village of Osovo
People celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in the village of Osovo, east of Minsk, Belarus, Jan. 7, 2015.VASILY FEDOSENKO—REUTERS
People celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in the village of Osovo
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People celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in the village of Osovo, east of Minsk, Belarus, Jan. 7, 2015.
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Phil Bicker, who edited this photo essay, is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME

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