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A Chinese city has banned schools from holding Christmas events, state media reported on Thursday, highlighting official suspicions about the increasingly popular festival because of its foreign origins.

China's Christian population, currently estimated at around 60 million, is rapidly growing and Christmas is increasingly marked in the country.

But the government education bureau in Wenzhou, an eastern Chinese coastal city sometimes called "China's Jerusalem" because of its large Christian population, banned schools from holding "Christmas-related" events, the Global Times reported.

Local officials "hope schools can pay more attention to Chinese traditional festivals instead of Western traditions", said the tabloid, which has close ties to the Communist Party.

Interest in Christmas has grown in China as an occasion for shopping, with marketeers using everything from saxophones and Smurfs to steam trains to get consumers to open their wallets.

But authorities in Wenzhou this year launched a demolition campaign aimed at local churches, with more than 400 forced to remove visible crosses and some completely destroyed.

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Post time 2014-12-29 08:56:11 |Display all floors
a curmudgeonly act
No, I live above Sunset Plaza, it's a little house I rent and it's a little rundown but has a beautiful view, what about you?

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Post time 2014-12-29 09:21:20 |Display all floors
That is redicilous Chinese Christians have the right to celebrate their beliefs

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Post time 2014-12-29 09:25:52 |Display all floors
There is only about 15000 Christians living in Jerusalem compared to 500k Jews and 280k Muslims. This shows again that Chinese people really do not know a lot what is going on in the world.

They probably don't know that Jewish people don't celebrate Christmas.

Back to school, people of Wenzhou.

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Post time 2014-12-29 11:25:50 |Display all floors
Have the Chinese heard of another equally righteous religion, the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
It's more in line with China. The Chinese love their noodles.

And you don't have to believe that God came to earth and knocked up a virgin and the know-it-all offspring got himself
killed and came back to life and told everyone that if they don't believe this crap they are going to hell.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2014-12-29 11:46:43 |Display all floors
given what happened in Kunming days ago .  
i think it's necessary ..

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