While Christmas is widely celebrated around the world, there are countries where this festive occasion is not officially observed or is not a significant cultural event. Here are seven countries that do not celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense:
1. Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, a predominantly Islamic country, Christmas is not officially celebrated. Islam is the dominant religion, and religious practices follow the Islamic calendar. While there may be expatriate communities that celebrate Christmas privately, it is not a public or national holiday.
Similar to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, with its majority Muslim population, does not observe Christmas as a national holiday. The cultural and religious landscape is primarily influenced by Islam, and Christmas is not part of the traditional calendar.
In Japan, Christmas is not a public holiday, and it is not widely celebrated as a religious or cultural event. However, there is a unique secular tradition of enjoying fried chicken and Christmas cake on Christmas Eve, largely influenced by marketing and Western pop culture.
4. North Korea
Christmas is not recognized as a public holiday in North Korea. The country officially promotes state-sponsored events and celebrations, and religious observances are limited. Any celebration of Christmas is generally underground and not part of the official cultural landscape.
Morocco, a predominantly Muslim country, does not celebrate Christmas as a public or official holiday. While there may be expatriate communities and private celebrations, it is not a significant part of the Moroccan cultural calendar.
In Bhutan, a Buddhist-majority country, Christmas is not a public holiday, and it is not celebrated as a traditional festival. Bhutanese culture is deeply rooted in Buddhism, and the celebrations and festivals revolve around Buddhist traditions.
Tajikistan, a Central Asian country with a predominantly Muslim population, does not observe Christmas as a public or official holiday. The cultural and religious practices are influenced by Islam, and Christmas is not part of the traditional festivities.…See More