Christmas Celebrations Banned in Somalia and Brunei

FILE - Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, left, and wife Queen Saleha attends the Gala Dinner at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conservative ruler has banned all Christmas celebrations in Islamic Brunei (Photo:AP).

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The governments of Somalia and Brunei have banned all overt celebrations of Christmas.

In Somalia, officials said all events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture and might invite Islamist attacks.

Last year Al-Shabaab militants staged a Christmas attack on the Mogadishu airport that killed at least 12 people.

In Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has been moving the nation to sharia law.

Religious leaders there have announced a ban on all visible celebrations or symbols of Christmas and forbidden Muslims from participating in any activity that could be interpreted as relating to Christmas.

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