Christmas in Nepal

Yesterday, World published my story about Christmas preparations in the former Hindu monarchy of Nepal. I hope it blesses you this Christmas.

In the formerly Hindu nation of Nepal, religious tension and persecution still exist in rural areas. But Christmas is bringing interfaith celebration in the capital.

Since the government made Christmas a national holiday in 2011, December has become a festive time not only for the tiny Christian minority that makes up roughly 1.4 percent of the population, but also for Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims, according to Asia News. In Kathmandu, businesses of all kinds are decorated for the holiday celebration, and cards of Jesus and Mary are popular in gift shops.

Read more at World.

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