Most of the world is waiting for the magical Christmas to celebrate it as a family. But this date is not a reason to be remembered in some countries because decorating your home with a Christmas theme can be considered a crime. In North KoreaFor example, the intensity with which they can even impose the death penalty.
This is because Christmas, which is celebrated on December 25, belongs to the Christian religion and in some countries they do not say it.
Christmas is, for many, a reason to exchange gifts and share them with loved ones. However, there are governments that prohibit these actions or any behavior that the Christmas theme refers to.
Why is Christmas banned in North Korea?
In North Korea, Christmas has not been celebrated as North Korean leader since 2016 Kim Jong-un Any kind of celebration associated with this holiday is prohibited. However, there is a celebration, your grandmother’s birthday, Kim Jong-un.
This event is called the “Holy Mother of Revolution”. Zhang-un turned the Christmas celebration into something more meaningful for him instead. “Pyongyang has set up an organization where members of party members report economic hardships to the people on a daily basis and has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment,” the Johab news agency quoted the official as saying. South Korean Intelligence Service (NIS)
According to the article of the Constitution of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in that country, there is religious freedom, but thousands of North Korean Christians must keep their faith secret.
North Korea is a communist country that does not want to know anything about Jesus Christ, so practice of religion can lead to imprisonment, torture and even death. Local media estimated that about 60,000 people had been jailed since the verdict.
What is Christmas, when is it celebrated, and what does it mean?
Along with Easter and Pentecost, Christmas is one of the most important holidays in Christ and the planet.
On December 24, Christmas Eve is commemorated and on December 25 the baby Jesus was born; I mean, Christmas.
In which countries can you go to jail for celebrating Christmas?
Somalia and Brunei
Christmas was banned in Somalia in 2015 because they follow the Muslim religion and do not want their beliefs to be compromised. The same thing happened in Brunei, but in 2014.
Celebrations of Christmas parties are punishable by up to 5 years in prison by both governments.
As for Iran, its citizens are mostly Muslims, which is why most of its cities are not allowed to celebrate Christmas. Permits are Urumqi and Zhui in the northwest of the country. The number of years of imprisonment depends on the severity of the incident.
In which countries is Christmas not celebrated?
Although Israel is a country where not everyone celebrates Christmas, it is celebrated there Hanukkah. It is also known as The Festival of lights or lanterns. It is a Jewish holiday commemorating the restoration of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the Maccabees’ revolt against the Seleucid Empire.
In addition, Israel combines Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, so that due to the incompatibility of the Julian and Gregorian calendars, many religious festivals, such as worship and communal holidays in Bethlehem, coincide.
As of 2018, shops holding Christmas items have been banned in a bid to promote autonomous Chinese culture. This is due to the political position of not accepting Western celebrations that represent both social and economic nations and cultures.
Although there are numerous churches and Christian denominations in China, no official meetings have been held every December 25 in recent years.
Thailand has a Buddhist majority and a Muslim minority. Therefore, Christmas is not an important celebration and is not part of your social agenda. Very few celebrate.
In Algeria they also follow the religion of Islam. However, there are small and rare Christmas celebrations on the part of Christian believers from other countries such as Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.