Spanish School Cancels Christmas!
MADRID (Reuters) - A school in traditionally Catholic Spain has
cancelled Christmas celebrations so as not to offend children who
are not Christians, ABC newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The Hilarion Gimeno school in Zaragoza said teachers had put forward
various reasons for not celebrating Christmas, but ABC said the
worry was that Muslim children might be upset.
The school will not put on a nativity play or hand out presents, but
pupils will be free to decorate the halls and sing carols.
"We are educators and we want our school programme to advance the
personal development of our students as much as possible," the
Christmas celebrations usually last for about a month in Spain, with
parties starting in December and running through to January 6
for "Los Reyes", a huge fiesta to celebrate the visit of the three
wise men to the new-born Jesus in Bethlehem.
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