A city has banned all public celebrations of Christmas to avoid “spreading Christianity” and ordered the removal of all festive displays, decorations, and references from public view to keep the streets “clean.”
Residents in Langfang, a city near Beijing, China will no longer be able to carry out any related religious activities, in what is the latest attempt to clamp down on Christians in the region.
Residents in the city, with a population more than four million people, were informed of the new Christmas ban with a paper notice.
The notice, which quickly went viral on China’s most popular social media platform Weibo, gives a list of activities that people in Langfang are banned from doing during the festive period.
The order also forbids stores from putting up displays or exhibiting images of Santa Claus and bans them from selling Christmas decoration and trees to the public, who are also banned from buying them.
Any billboards or banners related to Christmas will be removed by authorities.
According to Chinese outlet, the Global Times, the directive also demands that residents must report anyone they see “spreading religion” in public to the authorities.