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Where Christmas is cancelled

This could have been the green, grouchy Grinch not better think of: In the Northern Chinese city of Langfang, Hebei province, have been forbidden by local authorities Christmas. Allegedly, to preserve the "social order and stability" have been called on the residents of the city to remove any Christmas decorations. This may also be not sold from local shops, as it says in a Statement to the authorities. On the ban list are Christmas trees and boots, advent wreaths and figures of Santa Claus. Residents were also asked to report people, which is widespread in the General Public, such as in Parks and squares, "religious content".

Christmas in China is not officially committed holiday. For many years, the Feast is there, but becoming more and more popular. Many shopping malls in the country to decorate itself with Christmas decoration and Christmas trees. In large cities such as Shanghai, there are Christmas markets with punch and serving with stalls, where snow globes and angel figurines are sold. Religious symbols such as statues of Mary and pictures of Jesus Christ are, however, rather rare. The vast majority of the population connects with Christmas is simply a Western – and thus for many young Chinese, pretty cool Tradition, less of the Christian Feast of the birth of Jesus Christ.

it's Different for the non-governmental organization Freedom House, an estimated 60 million Protestant Christians and twelve million Catholics in China celebrate this day in their communities. Previously, these were left mostly in peace. Officially, Christianity is recognized in China. Freedom of religion is enshrined in the Chinese Constitution. But under President Xi Jinping, the pressure on the growing Christian population has increased. Since then, President Xi warned of foreign influence by Religion, were closed, numerous churches, in many places crosses have been banished from religious buildings. Religion should be "sinisieren", calls for Xi, so the political concerns of China.

This also relates to the Islam and the Buddhism. In January, authorities had resolved, in the province of Shanxi, one of China's largest Evangelical churches, with around 50'000 members. Just last week, authorities arrested locally in the Western Chinese city of Chengdu more than 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church. It is one of the most famous Protestant underground churches that choose not to register, in order to escape state control. The Human rights organization Human Rights Watch spoke recently of a "relentless attack" of the government on the freedom of religion in the country.

now, in Northern China's Langfang prohibition of Christmas celebrations to date is that for the whole of China, but the measure of an individual seems to be local government. In 2017, however, had asked to see an offshoot of the youth organization of the Communist party in Hunan province, its members, a commitment to sign, not to Christmas celebrations. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 25.12.2018, 20:41 PM

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