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Christmas between consumerism and religious struggle

Christmas decorations in a mall in Hong Kong. On the Mainland, too, the festive mood is mainly focused on shopping centers.

In recent years, Chinese nationalists repeatedly called for Christmas boycotts. At Nanjing University in 2018, for example, students were urged to stop celebrating “foreign festivals.” “We celebrate only Chinese holidays,” was the message from the administration. The governments of several cities in Hebei, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces also banned Christmas decorations from public spaces in the past. But this was more the result of patriotic zeal.

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