Home bible teachings POPULAR COUNTRIES CHRISTMAS IS BANNED

POPULAR COUNTRIES CHRISTMAS IS BANNED

SOMALIA

In Somalia, Christmas was banned in 2015—six years after the country adopted Sharia (Islamic law). Every year, there is an announcement reminding citizens that the celebration of Christmas is illegal.

In 2015, the government “warned” Somalians against the celebration of Christmas, saying it is only for Christians.

2. TAJIKISTAN

In Muslim-majority Tajikistan, no one publicly celebrates Christmas because it has been outlawed. A decree in 2015 by the education ministry in the former Soviet republic banned public displays of x-mas, particularly in schools and universities.

3. NORTH KOREA

Christmas has not been celebrated openly in North Korea since the Kim dynasty began cracking down on religious freedoms in 1948.

The North Korean constitution technically does allow freedom of religion to all its citizens, but anyone found taking part in festive ceremonies risks being thrown in jail, or worse

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4. BRUNEI

In Brunei, an oil-rich country on the island of Borneo in southeast Asia, anyone caught illegally celebrating Christmas could face up to five years in prison and a $20,000 fine; owning a Bible in the small Muslim-majority country will get you nine years

5. CHINA

Christmas and Christianity as a whole was banned in China since 1949.

x-mas is not a national holiday in China, but people do go out and celebrate in their own manner

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