Muslim majority country, Tajikistan bans Christmas and New Year celebrations in public.
According to details, the government of Tajikistan has officially imposed a ban on any “public display of Christmas and New Year celebrations.” Under this ban, Christmas trees, gifts, and New Year’s “festive meals” are prohibited as part of a the country’s effort to decrease influence of Western cultural within Tajikistan.
Any public displays of celebrations related to Christmas and New Year have been banned. “The use of fireworks, festive meals, gift-giving and raising money” have all also been banned. Tajikistan had already banned any instances of “Father Christmas,” the Russian version of Santa Claus, but not before a 24-year-old man dressed as Father Christmas was stabbed to death in 2011 by a mob shouting “you infidel!”
This ban imposed by Tajikistan’s government on public Christmas celebrations comes just days after the news that Brunei, which is another Muslim-majority country, has banned the observance of Christmas completely. Brunei has prohibited people to possess any commemorative Christmas materials, including Santa hats and Christmas tree ornaments. Under this ban, those found violating this law will face up to five years in prison.