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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  An Azerbaijani family poses in front of a New Year's tree with figures of Azeri New Year's, Grandfather Frost, who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Clause, and Snow Girl as well as a dragon at the start of the New Year's holiday on December 30, 2011.  A majority Muslim country where 99 percent of the population is Shi'a, traditions with a Christian origin associated with the Christmas holidays were adopted to meet local religion and took on a New Year's character during 71 years of Soviet domination from 1920-1991.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN. An Azerbaijani family poses in front of a New Year's tree with figures of Azeri New Year's, Grandfather Frost, who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Clause, and Snow Girl as well as a dragon at the start of the New Year's holiday on December 30, 2011. A majority Muslim country where 99 percent of the population is Shi'a, traditions with a Christian origin associated with the Christmas holidays were adopted to meet local religion and took on a New Year's character during 71 years of Soviet domination from 1920-1991.