The Chinese city of Langfang near Beijing banned any public displays celebrating Christmas, including Christmas trees, lights, banners, and any “religious activities” in public in an attempt to win a Communist Party award for being “civilized,” state media reported on Monday. The Chinese Communist Party has spent years attempting to dissuade the population from engaging in Christmas festivities, even more secular ones like displaying Christmas trees and exchanging gifts. The Communist Youth League has taken a particularly strident stance on Christmas, calling it “China’s day of shame” in propaganda messages last year and filling campuses with banners urging young Chinese people not to partake in celebrations.The Global Times, a state newspaper, announced the decision of the Langfang government as an attempt to maintain a “clean environment,” suggesting that celebrating Christmas makes the city unclean. Citing the … [Read more...] about Chinese City Bans Christmas Celebrations to Maintain ‘Clean Environment’
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Viet Nam News KABUL — At least 50 people were killed in a suicide attack on a religious celebration in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, in one of the deadliest assaults to strike Afghanistan this year. It follows a wave of bloody violence across the war-torn country in recent weeks that has killed hundreds of people as militants step up assaults amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year conflict. At least 72 people were wounded in the blast, health ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said, which targeted religious scholars and leaders inside a wedding hall where hundreds had gathered to mark the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday -- one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar. Religious studies lecturer Mohammad Hanif said verses of the Koran were being recited when there was a deafening explosion followed by "chaos" inside the packed hall. "More than 60 or 70 people were martyred," Hanif, 31, said outside a trauma facility run by Italian NGO … [Read more...] about At least 50 killed in suicide attack on Kabul religious gathering
INDIA’S Independence Day marks the day in 1947 when India became independent from the British Empire. Here is all you need to know about the milestone date which is celebrated by the world’s second most populous nation. When is India Independence Day 2018? It is celebrated religiously throughout the subcontinent country on August 15 every year. This date was when independence came into effect. What happened on August 15? On August 15, 1947, at the stroke of midnight, India was declared independent from the British Empire, which was also known as the Raj. It was accountable to London as part of British colonial system that operated for 100 years after the trading organisation, the UK based East India Company, gradually took over with a private army after the native Mughal Empire crumbled. How did in India win independence from the British Empire? During the Raj, the UK invested hugely in infrastructure such as railways and mines and developed a legal and … [Read more...] about When is India Independence Day 2018, what happened on August 15 and how is it celebrated?
A musical performance at the event More than 20 art performances at the programme extolled Lord Buddha, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc who immolated himself to oppose against Buddhist suppression 55 years ago, as well as praise patriotism. The event drew the participation of monks, nuns, Buddhist followers and local people from all walks of life. A Buddhist cultural week is underway in Ho Chi Minh City from May 22-29 with a wide range of activities, including Buddha bathing ceremonies, presenting 1,000 gifts to disadvantaged households in District 10, and incense offering at the monument dedicated to Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc. An exhibition on life and religious career of the Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc is part of the activities as well. Works on Buddhist culture and art are also on display on the occasion. VNA Related news Vietnam’s flower Buddha statue sets world record City of Hue celebrates birthday of Buddha … [Read more...] about Lord Buddha’s 2,562nd birthday celebrated in HCM City
China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Monday that over 11.14 million instances of individuals not being able to board flights – and 4.25 million similar incidents on trains – had occurred “by the end of April.” Since the same person could attempt to board a flight or train and have officials deny them more than once, it is likely that the number of individuals banned from traveling is slightly lower than the number of instances in which the government has blocked travel. The Global Times proclaims the millions of cases of government officials using the “social credit system” to ground travelers a success of the system, which closely monitors the behavior of all individuals, assigning a numerical value to how beneficial to the Chinese communist state each person is. People considered loyal, law-abiding members of the Communist Party are assigned high social credit scores, while those who violate the law, behave in … [Read more...] about China Celebrates Social Credit System Blocking People from over 11 Million Flights