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China university bans Christmas
Published on: 2017-12-18
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051A Chinese university has banned Christmas in order to help young people resist the “corrosion of Western religious culture.”
 

The Communist Youth League at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, in China’s north-east, posted an online notice informing students that the ban was to help them develop their own “cultural confidence”.

055“In recent years,” the notice said. “Influenced by Western culture and individual business operations, as well as erroneous public opinions expressed on the Internet, some young people are blindly excited by Western holidays, especially religious holidays like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.”

054The notice said that the students' union, the different student associations, and the sub branches of the youth league would not be permitted to hold Christmas-related activities.
 

The ban was put in place "in order to guide the youth league members in building cultural confidence and resisting the corrosion caused by Western religious culture", it added.
 

Christmas is not a national holiday in China, and few people understand its traditional meanings or religious roots.
 

However, it is becoming more popular among the wealthier families in China’s larger cities.

053Three years ago the Modern College of North-west University, located in Xi’an, had also banned Christmas.
 

Banners were strung up around the campus reading “Strive to be outstanding sons and daughters of China, oppose kitsch Western holidays” and “Resist the expansion of Western culture”.
 

One student said that they would be punished if they did not attend a mandatory three-hour screening of propaganda films. Teachers apparently stood guard to stop people leaving the screenings.
 

“There’s nothing we can do about it, we can’t escape,” the student told the newspaper.
 

Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, has banned all Christmas activities in schools and kindergartens.

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