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Memory Lane Monday: Christmas

Banned.Places where Christmas tree mean fines, and gifts mean jail time. It’s not just the thousands of strikers at the Crown Post Office that aren’t into the festive spirit of Christmas, but last year Borneo, Somalia and Tajikistan banned it altogether.

In 2015, starting first with Borneo, Section 207(1) of the country’s Penal Code, made waves by stating, “Propagating non-Muslim religious symbols is punishable by a fine of up to BND $20,000 ($15,000), a five-year imprisonment, or both.”

At that rate, the term Christmas Debt hits new heights.The heartbreak of a strike on the consumer has hit 50 High Street Crown Post branches.

Then of course that same year, Somalia simply banned Christmas and New Year’s celebrations due to security fears.

At the time, according to the Director General of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Mohamed Khayrow, “All security forces are advised to halt or dissolve any gatherings. There should be no activity at all.”

To be fair, former USSR member, Tajikistan isn’t big on any type of celebration, including birthdays and funerals, as both have State-imposed price caps (including a limit on the amount of dishes that can be used), and under Article 8 of Tajikistan Law, birthday parties outside of family celebrations are banned outright.

Something to consider, as you lament the photo-booths and yuletide hats at your office Christmas party this year.

 

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