Orthodox Christians all over the world are celebrating Christmas on 7 January.
Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgians, Ilya II led the special Christmas service in the Holy Trinity cathedral in Tbilisi, accompanied by Archbishops and Bishops of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
There were earlier concerns about the health of the Georgian Catholicos, but although looking frail Patriarch Ilia II sent Christmas greetings to the faithful
The Patriarch's Christmas epistle was also read out.
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and other members of the government were amongst the congregation at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Similar services were held overnight in Russia and other Orthodox countries, and among Orthodox Christian communities world wide.
photo: Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgians, Ilia II.
Georgian-Belarus relations improved after 2008, when unexpectedly Belarus did not follow Russia in recognising the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia despite Kremlin pressure.
First Vice-President Aliyeva noted that Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between the civilizations of the East and West, and is one of the few countries that are a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.