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Countries where Christmas is not a holiday

Countries where Christmas is not a formal public holiday either on December 24/25 or January 6/7
Includes countries with holiday on December 25 but for other reasons
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Last updated: September 10, 2016
First submittedMay 7, 2013
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Afghanistan
Algeria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bhutan
Cambodia
China (except Hong Kong & Macau)
Comoros
Iran
Israel
Japan
Kuwait
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Laos
Libya
Maldives
Mauritania
Mongolia
Morocco
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Taiwan
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Tajikistan
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen
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level 77
May 7, 2013
Interesting. So... does this mean that Christmas IS a holiday in places like Bangladesh, Mali, Chad? Wouldn't really expect that if true. Perhaps the legacy of European colonialism? Funny that Israel is on the list. They could make some really authentic Nativity scenes I bet. Israel doesn't celebrate Christmas but Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon do? Again, if true, very weird. I currently split most of my time between Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, and Thailand. I can verify that Christmas is definitely NOT celebrated in Saudi. They go to great pains to ensure that non-Muslim holidays are not observed there at all. On the other hand, in Thailand it is a huge event especially around tourist areas, and in Bahrain and the UAE if you visit the airport around Christmas time you would think you were in some 100% Christian country, not a place that is majority Muslim. They really love the consumerism side of it and go all out in decorating.
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level 56
May 7, 2013
Yes Christmas is indeed a holiday in Bangladesh, Mali and Chad, see http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/bangladesh.htm for example. Most non-Christian countries celebrate Christmas either as a colonial legacy or they do have a sizeable Christian minorities.
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level 77
May 7, 2013
cool... you learn something new every day. :) Maybe even twice a day if you use jetpunk a lot.
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level 65
Nov 15, 2014
man it is haram to celebrate christmas and my mom is from bangladesh! thats crazy!