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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- Brunei bans Christmas: Sultan warns those celebrating could face up to five years in jail (Independent)
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