For many around the world, Christmas is seen as the very best time of year – even for the millions who celebrate without the religious connection. But around the globe, there are many countries that do not celebrate Christmas.
Of the nearly 200 countries on Earth, at least 40 countries don’t have official public holidays at Christmas, though more than half of these nations do have at least some form of public observation (such as the occasional Christmas tree), while some leave December 25th to pass just as any other ordinary day.
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, North Korea, Libya, Mauritania, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen do not recognize Christmas as a public holiday.
Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cambodia, China,
Comoroshas, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and, Vietnam do not recognize Christmas as a public holiday, but the holiday is given observance
There are countries that have banned Christmas. Or do everything they can to oppose it.
The public celebration of Christmas has been banned in the tiny oil-rich Islamic state of Brunei since 2015, with anyone found violating the law facing up to five years in jail or a fine of US $20,000, or both.
Non-Muslims are allowed to celebrate it in their own communities, but are not allowed to share their plans with the country’s Muslims, 65 per cent of the population. In a statement, the Ministry of Religious Affairs said they believed it could threaten the nation’s Muslim religion.
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.
Abdifatah Halane, spokesman for Mogadishu mayor, told Reuters “Christmas will not be celebrated in Somalia for two reasons; all Somalis are Muslims and there is no Christian community here. The other reason is for security,”
In China, only about one percent of people are Christians, so most people only know a few things about Christmas.
The People's Republic of China has a doctrine of state atheism and prior to the start of the Christmas season in 2018, the Chinese government shut down many Christian churches and arrested their pastors to prevent them from celebrating the holiday.
Nationalists say the holiday is a tool of foreign imperialism and is a threat to China's own traditions. They want Chinese people to stop celebrating westernised holidays and support their own culture.
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