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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Countries Where Christians Are Forbidden To Celebrate Christmas

"War on Christmas" and "Christmas tree" occurs mainly in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom. The controversy includes objections to policies that prohibit government or schools from forcing unwilling
participants to take part in Christmas ceremonies. In other cases, the Christmas tree, has not been permitted to be displayed in public places. Also, several US chain retailers, such as Walmart, Macy's, and Sears, have experimented with greeting their customers with "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" rather than with "Merry Christmas".

Below are some other countries where Christians Are Forbidden To Celebrate Christmas:

1. Cuba:
Fidel Castro announced the Cuban government as atheist as soon as it took power in 1959 but it wasn't until 1969 that the Communist leader actually banned Christmas, as he wanted the population to stop partying and start working on the sugar harvest. It was Pope John Paul II who eventually persuaded the now late Cuban leader to lift his ban during a visit in 1998, when Castro agreed to make the day a national holiday.
2. Saudi Arabia:
Little surprise that Saudi Arabia, a theocracy governed by the strict Wahhabi doctrine of Islam, is not a big fan of Christmas. In the past, expatriates had quietly celebrated in the comfort of their own homes (and will likely continue to) but rumours of illicit Christmas parties prompted state media in January to reiterate that celebrating the festival was not allowed in the kingdom.
3. North Korea:
Back in 2013 North and South Korea almost went to war after the latter erected a giant Christmas tree at the border of the two countries. North Korean state media said that the huge Christmas tree – which was lit up in a town close to the border and clearly visible from the North – was an act of psychological warfare. North Korea does not officially ban Christianity but is ranked among the most hostile countries in the world towards Christians. To complicate matters, December 24th – Christmas Eve – is celebrated in North Korea as the birthday of the Sacred Mother of the Revolution, Kim Jong Il's mum.
4. Albania:
Albania not only banned Christmas but religion as a whole in 1967, making the country the first and only constitutionally atheist state. The ban on any and all religious worship was only lifted after the fall of the Communist regime in 1990, when both Christians and Muslims were able to practice for the first time.
5. Somalia:
Somalia banned Christmas in 2013 when a directive from the Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs stated that no Christian festivals could be held in Somalia.
It was the first time that the Somali government had banned Christmas since the country's government collapsed in 1991. In 2015, the government in Mogadishu went further, banning New Year's Eve celebrations and ordering the police and army to disperse any celebrations it found.
6. China:
Christmas and Christianity as a whole were banned in China after 1949 but you would not know that if you were to visit during the festive season today. China goes mad for Christmas, and it is not just Chinese Christians that get in on the act – while Christmas is not a national holiday it is a widely celebrated festival day, akin to New Year, with fireworks and fancy dress in abundance.
Edited by: Endy Edeson
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Innocent Ogadima Ezike

Thanks for the insight sir edeson.

Naija-News Loaded

nice info

Endy Edeson

thanks Innocent and Loaded. Hope you guys are enjoying the xmas day. we are lucky to be among countries that celebrates xmas. Imagine if Christmas celebration is banned in Nigeria. I am happy Nigeria is safe for Christmas

Auwal Muhammad Ibrahim

MR EDESON, u posted northing on d victory of our gallant soldiers on dreaded boko haram, or aren't u not happy?. HAPPY XMAS 2U AND OTHER XSTAIN FOLKS

Endy Edeson

@Auwal: well, I rejoice with "Victors". However, the issue of Boko Haram is not a popular topic on Edeson News. It's just my own policy for reasons best known to only me. Happy Christmas to you. Thanks

Sasha Dogo Yaria

Endy my love.

Endy Edeson

My Ghanaian love Sasha, happy Xmas. I am glad to hear from you. I hope you are catching fun today. I wish I am with you right now in Ghana. I love you Sasha Dogo Yaria
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Sasha Dogo Yaria

Aaaaww u touch my heart

Manito Machelewe

I'll report somebody here

Endy Edeson

@Sasha: My heart is already beating for you. @Manito: who are you report to? To the class prefect... Please don't do so. Am having fun with my girl on Christmas day here. Our Class teacher will not punish me even if you report us

Manito Machelewe

Be careful next time I'll report u to the headmaster 😅😅😅

Chioma Amara

baarr....... Merry Christmas Endy

Endy Edeson

@chioma: same to you Chioma. merry xmas..

Chimmy Ellis Biafran

I believe that's what buhari want to do slowly

Endy Edeson

@Chimmy: what are his actions that shows he intends to ban xmas celebration in Nigeria?

Gideon Otunba Lordgee

i gideon forbid christmas also

Endy Edeson

@Gideon: really? why?

Gideon Otunba Lordgee

chirstian r not united i hate dem

Endy Edeson

I thought you are a Christian. I think "disunity" is part of human affairs not just Christians but how we manage the "disunity" is what matters. Though, some Christians don't practise what they preach


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