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Christmas 2019 and 2020

About two-thirds of Brunei’s population are Muslim, and only 10 percent are Christian. And yet, Christmas Day is a public holiday. But at the same time, celebrating Christmas publicly or by non-Muslims has been banned in Brunei since 2015.

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Christians living in Brunei can still go to church for special services and celebrate with friends and family at home. And in certain communities with high concentrations of Christians, putting up a few public decorations could be allowed if the authorities are alerted first and if they provide permission.

But activities such as singing Christmas carols, setting up Christmas trees, exchanging Christmas cards and gifts, and decorating the home with Christmas paraphernalia is strictly forbidden to Muslims since it might damage the Islamic faith of Brunei.

Read more about the ban here.