What on earth could be so awfully wrong with the idea of Christmas? In fact, why on earth would anyone anywhere have an issue with unquestionably, the cutest and simplest festival that there is, one that is of particular importance to both kids and adults?
Does celebrating Christmas drop down your years a bit? Are the festivities surrounding Christmas an indication of poor luck, loss of light, vitriol or a cause of great grief in this beautiful world of ours?
One wonders if nothing could be further from this sullied version of events, then what might be the reason that Christmas in China isn’t exactly being looked like a great harbinger of joy or something of that sorts?
In fact, does one really know what seems to be the issue with Christmas in China? Well, shocking as it may sound, here’s what you ought to know, where it comes to the festivities surrounding Christmas in China.
Disclaimer: it might just surprise you endlessly, so to speak.
So the fact is and thankfully at that, it’s not that China in entirety is against the concept of Christmas. Having said that, there are parts of China, especially cities like Langfang, the prefecture-level city in the oriental land that has taken a decision to completely ban any festivities whatsoever in connection with China.
In what seems to be lack of any Christmas festivities in stark contrast to the western world, where Christmas is easily the most awaited festival each year, Langfang has put an abrupt end to any scenes or signs of decoration, festivities, traditional set-ups, and whatnot.
And that is just the beginning of the heart of the matter.
The New York Times, in regards to the said development, carried a story that covered the developments in Langfang in great detail:
In Langfang, however, city authorities have vowed to clear out all Christmas lights and decorations from its streets, stores, and schools. The notice ordered employees to do a sweep of shopping malls and streets on Dec. 23, 24 and 25 to make sure there are no Christmas decorations.
What might actually be worst for denizens of Langfang would be the realization that there aren’t going to be any public holidays whatsoever on Christmas.
December 23-to-25 would be no public holidays in Langfang. And maybe here is where things get a little tricky.
When contacted for the rather precarious nature of events back in China, Langfang’s Urban Management office quite simply, declined to comment.
In relation to the above, there’s a certain group of population in Langfang for whom such ‘severe measures’ are but a natural order of things from the perspective of the current Chinese government.
The New York Times also shared a vital perspective on the ongoing stifling controversy.
Critics see Langfang’s plans as an ingratiating move by a smaller city to curry favor with the Chinese government, particularly in light of Beijing’s recent crackdowns on Christians and Muslims.
Having said this, a question remains to be raised and one that perhaps, hasn’t just yet been raised for whatever reason.
Why haven’t people resisted a move that, quite frankly, seems religiously motivated? In fact, given the iron-fisted, oppressive rule of the Chinese government over its own people, would such a query be even allowed to be raised and if so, would one get a sufficient answer?