Tag Archives: Christmas

After Brunei, Somalia Bans Christmas

Move Over Brunei, Somalia has taken the limelight now imposing a ban on not only Christmas celebrations but also New Year events in the country terming these events as having "nothing to do with Islam." Warning those who celebrate Christmas, Sheikh Mohamed Kheyrow, director of Somalia’s ministry of religion, said:"This is a matter of faith. The Christmas holiday and its ...

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Valentine’s Weekend Ups Shopping by 18% in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta: Study

Valentine’s weekend saw 18% heavy footfall on an average in top shopping destinations across South East Asia overriding the record for the Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year weekends in the region, said Singapore-based AdNear. AdNear, a location intelligence company, said shopping locations in Singapore saw a 25% increase in footfalls, Hong Kong and Jakarta a 15% increase in ...

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Exclusive: Not Merely a Christmas Gift, But a New Life

By Merry Sam in Kottayam It was not a mere a Christmas gift but a new life for Villodiyil Rajan’s family from the students of Santhwanam Club of Mar Thoma Higher Secondary School, when they assisted the family to complete the construction of their house, on Friday in Chungathara, a village in Malappuram district of Kerala. Sreedevika and Sreelakshmi, who ...

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Pope appeals for peace, decries consumerism (Full Text)

In his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) address at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, the Pope expressed his hope that Israel and the Palestinians could resume peace talks. The pontiff’s message, which came hours after deadly bombings at a church in Nigeria, on Sunday morning did not miss the appeal for peace in the world. ...

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