Catholic World News

Nepal removes Christmas from list of public holidays

April 06, 2016

Citing a “need to control the rising number of public holidays,” the government of the largely Hindu nation of Nepal has removed Christmas from the list of approved days, according to an AsiaNews report.

Rev. C. B. Gahatraj, the head of the National Federation of Christians, said that “if Christmas is not a national holiday, the workers of the private sector will not be able to celebrate it. The government recognizes 83 festivities for Hindus and other communities, but none for Christians.”

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