Nepal Restores Christmas as Public Holiday
After being removed as a public holiday earlier this year, the government of Nepal has decided to restore Christmas to the list of public holidays celebrated in the mountainous nation. Nepal is home to one of the fastest growing Christians populations in the world and many Christians expressed their concern when Christmas was removed from the list of public holidays. Now, with Christmas restored, will Christians in Nepal get a little more religious freedom?
12/28/2016 Nepal (Catholic Culture) – Reversing a decision made earlier this year, the government of Nepal restored Christmas to the list of public holidays.
In the spring, the government of former Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, a member of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), removed Christmas from the list of holidays. Christian leaders objected, observing that the decision would make it difficult for workers to observe the day.
In August, a rival Communist party—the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre)—assumed power, and just before Christmas, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s government restored the holiday. Dahal offered wishes of “peace, happiness, prosperity, good health, unity, and brotherhood to all Nepali Christians at home and abroad.”