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Christmas celebrations banned in Brunei

December 23, 2016

The sultanate of Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas.

Christians are allowed to celebrate in their own homes, but a new law makes public displays—including any Christmas decorations—punishable by up to five years in prison.

The ban was demanded by Islamic leaders in the oil-rich former British colony. They feared that public signs of the Christmas celebration could tempt Muslims to imitate Christian practices.

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