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New law bans 'Christmas' for Asturias kids

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New law bans 'Christmas' for Asturias kids
Teachers and pupils in Asturias classrooms will now have to refer to Christmas as “winter holidays” and Easter as “second term holidays”. File photo: woodleywonderworks/Flickr
12:34 CEST+02:00
Schoolchildren in the northern Spanish region of Asturias will no longer be able to call Christmas by its name now that a new law passed by the local education ministry prohibits the use of “religious” terms in the classroom when referring to the December and spring holidays.

Teachers and pupils in Asturias classrooms will now have to refer to Christmas as “winter holidays” and Easter as “second term holidays”.

The region’s socialist-led government has decided to introduce the new terminology in a bid to restrict religious references in the next school year.

Asturias’s education ministry has offered little explanation for the secular legislation, Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Saturday.

Local religious teachers and institutions like the Catholic Confederation of Fathers (CONCAPA) have shrugged off the new law, branding it as a “stupidity” but also an “attack”.

“This could be a huge reason for ridicule for Asturian society,” conservative association Hazte Oír (Make Yourself Heard) told the national newspaper.

But Spain’s Workers’ Commissions CC00 and Asturias Teachers’ Association SUATEA have backed the move, suggesting that the school calendar should take every student’s religious beliefs, whatever they might be, into account.

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