TookAccording to a media report, the Chinese Communist Party has banned civil and church Christmas celebrations. Christmas A “prohibited Western festival”, it said in a previously unpublished document, available to the magazine for human rights and religious freedom “Bitter Winter”, as Asian press service Ukanews reported on Saturday.
While the guidelines also cite a rise in coronavirus cases as the reason for the restrictions, it explicitly calls for the implementation of a policy of cinigation, which strictly prohibits the celebration of Western culture and festivals, according to the magazine. According to the order, however, some “cosmetic” Christmas celebrations are to be photographed and broadcast by state-sanctioned churches to show that there are no restrictions.
According to “Bitter Winter”, officials supposedly wanted to keep the paper from December 20 “the spread of traditional Chinese culture and the prohibition of Western festivals” to avoid criticism in the West.
Christmas was “deeply steeped in Western religious culture,” the magazine further quoted: “Some Western nations in China rely on their advanced technology and culture to spread their values and lifestyle and attract our youth,” said the Communist Party. Some commercial enterprises also wanted to use these celebrations for their business to generate their social impact. “It harms our traditional Chinese culture,” the document said.
The directive also urges people to immediately contact the authorities when any person or organization makes arrangements for a Christmas event. Especially teachers and students are forbidden to celebrate this western festival. You should follow the rule of CP Central Committee and thus become a role model for the spread of Chinese culture. Special Representatives have also been appointed to receive and deal with the related complaints.
Communist China is officially an atheist state. It recognizes Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism and Islam, but these are strictly controlled. Unregistered religious bodies have been cracked down for years.
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