Which countries and religions do not celebrate Christmas?

Christmas ban

Christmas ban? Where do you get that? Every year again ... Christmas is a reliable celebration, just like birthdays and mother's calls, it is the days of the year that seem absolutely and immovable as if carved in stone. Even in autumn you know for yourself, your partner, friends and family pretty much what you will drink, eat, get hold of and who you will visit and give presents to in December. The year moves towards “the” climax of Christmas in large, familiar mood and seasons, it is difficult to imagine that there could be a Christmas ban.

More than 360 years ago there was a multi-year Christmas ban by the devout Puritans, which was supposed to last for 13 years. In 1647 a ban was issued for celebrating Christmas because, according to the puritanical view, it was a Christian cloak for an actually pagan festival. The churches in England had to bow to the ban and were closed over the festive season until 1660. That the birth of Jesus Christ had to be celebrated in silence and secret was the decisive point, at least according to historians, where the festival lost its religious soul. That is the irony of fate.

Christmas is forbidden in these countries

Not only the green grim Grinch finds Christmas to be abolished, also certain countries in this world are anything but taken with the Christian festival and would like to pronounce an eternal ban. In Somalia, on December 22nd, it was taken seriously and a ban was issued in the interests of the Muslims. For them, the festival represents a danger to the Muslim faith. In the central Asian landlocked state of Tajikistan, extremely courageous and meticulous attention is paid to the fact that Christmas trees and presents are prohibited. Even the Russian Santa Claus version of Father Frost must not flicker on the evening screens. Prison and fines beckon to anyone who dares to set up a Christmas tree in Brunei or to sing Christmas songs.

Christmas ban Berlin Kreuzberg

Probably the greatest excitement in this country was caused by the district office of Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in 2013. For "reasons of equal treatment" they decided to ban all festivals with a religious background. After there were complaints from residents in the course of the Ramadan festival, it was unanimously decided to completely cancel religious festivities in Berlin Kreuzberg. No Christmas tree in the streets for that at home, after all there was no fine, just a simple bureaucratic Christmas ban. The public pressure then became so great that the city administration was forced to row back as quickly as possible with a wink.

Humanism and the enlightenment of the people in the last centuries triggered a multitude of thought processes, which led to the fact that some people and groups of people began to question their respective religion. The result is secularization, in the classical sense the word means a release and relaxation of religions through questioning and the use of human reason in certain life questions. Therefore, especially in western societies, where there is a high degree of freedom of expression, a “de-Christianization” can be observed.

In the last few decades, Christmas has become a consumer festival in this country, the economy is booming and, it seems, customers are buying more every year. Whether luxury foods, decoration or gifts in general, every year there are new trends that attract the masses.

In the course of DIY and the Germans' newly discovered closeness to nature, the need for authenticity and simplicity has grown, a secret desire for liberation from the flood of consumption and advertising through a strict Christmas diet is almost understandable.

But Christmas is, as the simple lovers of the festival have long known for themselves, a reliable and cozy constant in life, without which a huge hole would arise. Despite all the resentment that can arise at the sight of overcrowded streets and consumerism, it is the festival of love and, accordingly, of tolerance towards all religions and people. Christmas reminds us of our virtues with its inherent spirit and thus has its absolute right to exist. Hence the conclusion: Christmas ban brings hardship.