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Norway: Muslim labour leader against dropping Christmas traditions
Islam in Europe
Masud Gharahkhani, head for AP (Labour) in Drammen city council, sees no problem with Christmas celebrations, Christmas hats or school services. Last week the 5th grade at Øren school in Drammen had a 'winter celebration' instead of a Christmas celebration. Drammens Tidende also reported of a girl who was not allowed to wear a Christmas hat during the event, and that traditional hymns were replaced by more neutral songs.
Masud Gharahkhani, who is himself Muslim, says such things are 'misguided and unacceptable'.
"I myself went to a Norwegian school and experienced Christmas traditions and Christmas season. It's important that children get to experience Norwegian culture and traditions."
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