In This blog post we’re going to be looking at 11 Countries That have Banned Christmas.
The Christmas season is one of the most celebrated time by Christains all over the world, Christmas is celebrated in remembrance of the birth of Christ Jesus.
The celebration takes place every 25th day of December and it is celebrated once a year.
But in some countries it is forbidden to celebrate Christmas and unacceptable by The nation’s leaders.
Christmas is a time of Joy cheer and love sharing.
Below are some of the countries where Christmas celebration has been banned.
1. United States Of America
In 1620 with the arrival of the Puritans in the New World, they tried banding Christmas, The General Court is Massachusetts Bay Colony later passed an order that anyone fought Christmas Days, will have to pay five shillings.
They managed to keep the ban going in some places until later in the middle of the 18th century.
2. Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia there are no Churches, and Christians hold services in thier own residential homes.
Muslims are also not allowed to greet Christians in Christmas period as explained in “International Business Times” because they say if you greet Christians in time of Christmas it means you believe in what they believe.
In the 17th century, Christmas was seen as very important in England.
However with the coming of Oliver Cromwell after he overthrown the monarchy and went further to execute King Charles the celebration of Christmas was stoped during the English Civil War.
Many churches where closed in other to prevent The celebration of Christmas by Christians.
However after the death of Cromwell in 1658, the celebration finally returned.
The celebration of Christmas was Banned in the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei and jail terms and fines were emposed for thise caught celebrating the festival.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs also banned the use of Santa hats, lighting up of Christmas candles and religious songs.
In a Telegraph the ministry of Religious affairs stated that “These enforcement measures are intended to control the act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly, which could damage the aqidah (beliefs) of the Muslim community.”
The Guardian reported that a decree by the ministry of Education prohibits “the use of fireworks, gift-giving and raising money” on new year so also “the installation of a Christmas tree in schools and universities.
The Governor also prohibits the use of any Halloween and in the year 2013 and 2014 revelers dressed as zombies and vampires got rounded up by the police force.
In the year 1967 Albania became the first and only constitutionally atheist state.
All religious practices was Banned as of that time including Christians celebration such as Christmas and Easter.
Within that period many priest were Arrested and killed, all churches and Mosques were closed then, people prayed in hidden places and out of sight.
Later in 1990 after the Communist regimes Fall the ban was lifted and all celebrations returned.
In 1949 when the communist-ruled China Christianity was banned and the celebration of Christmas confirmed.
Even though Christmas is not a national holiday in China but today people still celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ Jesus.
In 1958 when the Fidel Castro took power in Cuba he announced the Cuban government as atheist. He went further to ban Christmas in 1967 so that celebrations wouldn’t get in the way of sugar harvest.
9. North Korea
Being an atheist country North Korea those not celebrate Christmas.
Even though Christmas was never officially banned in North Korea all religious practices that are not approved by the supreme leader are punishable by law.
In 2013 South Korea erected a giant Christmas tree at the border of the two countries, that is South Korea and North Korea. North Korea saw it as an act of psychological warfare, and they almost went on a war.
In 2013, Somalia banned the celebration of Christmas and a ban on the celebration of new year was issued in 2014.
They said the celebration has nothing to do with Islam and so it was of no importance.