The Nepali government has removed Christmas as a national holiday, which has promoted protests from the country's Christian population, the Christian Headlines website reports today (April 8, 2016).
Nepal -- a primarily Hindu country bordered by India to its south and China to its north -- first recognized Christmas as a national holiday in 2008 when the country became a secular state. Now, Nepal has removed Christmas Day as a national holiday because the Nepali calendar is already too filled with the holidays of other religions.
"The government [of Nepal] recognizes 83 festivities for Hindus and other communities, but none for Christians," stated Rev. C.B. Gahatraj, secretary general of the National Federation of Christians.
Various faith groups said they plan to challenge the government's ruling.