Friday, December 28, 2018

3 African Countries That Canceled Christmas

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If you lived in these countries, it would have been business as usual on the 25th and 26th. 


For those who don’t have a Christmas spirit, you can decide to relocate to these countries during December (a possible plan for next year). Most of these countries are mainly Muslim, while others did it as a result of epidemics that took place.

Here are African countries that canceled Christmas: 

1. Guinea. 

In West Africa, Guinea’s capital city Conakry canceled Christmas in 2014 because of Ebola. They did this because they were trying to avoid gatherings or any situation where people would spread the disease. Fireworks and firecrackers were banned while beaches remained closed.

IMAGE: JOAN JETSETTER

2. Somalia. 

In 2015, the Somalian government canceled both Christmas and New Year because it had absolutely nothing to do with Islam. Somalia being a predominant Muslim nation, only allowed foreigners to practice Christmas in their homes, but hotels and other public places were prohibited from celebrating.

IMAGE: AL JAZEERA

3. Sierra Leone. 

Also in 2014, Christmas was banned due to the Ebola virus. Soldiers were placed on the streets to ensure that no celebrations took place. Just like in Guinea, the government wanted to prevent people from gathering or forming large groups. Sierra Leone had then overtaken Liberia to be the country worst affected by the killer virus, which made meeting with others even more severe.

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