ICC Note: The Chinese government is making sure that none of its Party member nationwide will celebrate Christmas this year— the disciplinary arm of Party has issued a notice banning its members and government officials from celebrating Christmas, linking the practice to “spiritual opium” for members of the atheist party. Meanwhile, some shops around the nation are taking down Christmas related products and gifts so as to not violate order from the government.
12/20/2017 China (Radio Free Asia) – The disciplinary arm of the ruling Chinese Communist Party has banned its members and government officials from celebrating Christmas, likening the practice to “spiritual opium” for members of the atheist party.
A notice issued by the Commission for Discipline Inspection of Hengyang city in the central province of Hunan warned city officials not to engage in meals and gatherings on Christmas Eve, warning that those caught violating the rules would have to “bear responsibility.”
The wording of the notice suggests it has been sent to officials nationwide.
“With the approach of Christmas, leaders and officials of all ranks must promote traditional Chinese culture and take on the task of building a spiritual home for the Chinese people,” the notice, a copy of which was seen by RFA, says.
“They must earnestly study the doctrine of cultural self-confidence introduced at the 19th Party Congress, and refrain from blindly celebrating foreign festivals or engaging in Western religions,” it said.
“They must not attend any celebrations of a Western origin, and carry out good security work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” it said.
A Protestant Christian in the southern province of Guangdong said Christmas-themed gifts are also fast-disappearing from retail outlets in Chinese cities.
“Basically any Christmas gift items are being taken from the shelves,” the Christian, who asked to remain anonymous, told RFA on Wednesday. “That includes items worn by Christians, including a pair of sunglasses with the symbol of the cross and the words ‘Jesus Loves You’.”
Meanwhile, a company in the northwestern province of Gansu has removed Christmas trees from its online store, after warnings from the local commerce and industry department, sources said.