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Countries that Do Not Celebrate Christmas 2024

When Is Christmas?

Every year, Christmas falls on December 25th. The vast majority of countries recognize Christmas as a public holiday, particularly since Christianity is such a popular religion across the world. Christmas is a Christian holiday, and it is celebrated to recognize the birth of Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, and this is a way to honor Jesus. In addition, there are a lot of countries that recognize Christmas Eve as a holiday. There are a lot of families that like to gather, enjoy a meal, and go to church. Even families that do not go to church celebrate Christmas as a way to spend time with their loved ones.

Do Most Countries Celebrate Christmas?

Yes, the vast majority of countries celebrate Christmas. For example, just about every country in Europe has a Christian majority. Therefore, most European countries celebrate Christmas. In addition, the vast majority of North and South America is Christian as well. The United States recognizes Christmas as a public holiday, and the vast majority of business is closed. Canada is largely the same way. There are some locations that are open on Christmas Day. For example, movie theaters in Chinese restaurants are usually open on Christmas. Furthermore, emergency services, such as hospitals, are open on Christmas. On the other hand, outpatient doctors' offices are usually closed on Christmas Day.

What Countries Do Not Celebrate Christmas?

Even though Christmas is celebrated by a majority of the world's countries, there are some countries that do not recognize Christmas as a public holiday. They include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, North Korea, Libya, Mauritania, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. In these countries, Christmas is not considered a day off from work. All government services will be open, and people will be expected to go to work and school. On the other hand, that doesn't necessarily mean that people are not allowed to celebrate Christmas in these countries. People who are Christian can still take the day off and celebrate, provided that the country does not have a law against it. It simply means that people should not be expected to be given the day off from work for free, as the country will still be open.

Does Japan Celebrate Christmas?

Yes, Japan celebrates Christmas, but in many ways, it is celebrated in the exact opposite of many Western countries. For example, lots of people who live in the United States and Europe use Christmas as a way to go to church and honor the Christian religion. On the other hand, in Japan, it is largely seen as a time for friends and couples to have parties. They will make plans to meet up for dinner, and they will celebrate as much as they can. Therefore, in Japan, there might be a lot of other locations that are open when compared to the United States and Europe, where the vast majority of businesses and restaurants are closed.

- Christmas celebrations vary greatly from one culture and country to another.

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Country
Is Christmas a Formal Public Holiday
Additional Details
Afghanistan
Muslim-majority. Christians celebrating Christmas run the risk of persecution and personal danger.
Algeria
Muslim-majority, though Christian minorities may have small local celebrations.
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bhutan
Fewer than 1% of the people in Bhutan are Christian.
Brunei
Banned since 2015.
Cambodia
China
China is officially a non-religious state. However, Christmas celebrations are no longer banned, and...
Comoros
Comoros is 98% Sunni Muslim, and Christianity is reportedly prohibited.
Iran
Israel
Japan
Christmas is not a public holiday but is popular despite there being only a small number of Christia...
Kuwait
Laos
Libya
Maldives
Mauritania
Mauritania is nearly 100% Muslim.
Mongolia
Mongolia is nearly 100% Buddhist.
Morocco
North Korea
Christmas is outlawed.
Oman
Pakistan
December 25 is a public holiday in Pakistan, but is not designated for Christmas, but for the birthd...
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Christmas was banned at one time, but secular aspects of the holiday are appearing with increasing f...
Somalia
Christmas has been banned since 2015, when the country adopted Sharia Law.
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Even secular aspects of Christmas, such as Christmas trees and gifts, are outlawed in Tajikistan.
Thailand
Tunisia
Christmas is not banned in Tunisa, but it has very few practitioners nonetheless.
Turkey
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
The religious aspects of Christmas are rarely celebrated, and most secular aspects have been rolled ...
Vietnam
Western Sahara
The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is predominantly Islamic, making Christmas a non-event.
Yemen
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