Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Chinese proposal to cancel Christmas
I think this is actually a great idea for the West too. Christmas is an orgy of excess and unwanted presents, followed by January Sales where regret and a desire to slim down consumerism is confused with saving money! The Christians only originally celebrated Christmas to appease the Mithrains (who had a 12 day festival this time of year). Yes the religious nativity story is important within that faith, but the fact that 3 wise men turned up with some gifts is a rather slender excuse for the modern FlatScreenTV & Turkey orgiastic version. Arguably if you wanted to follow the bible there would be some very special baby showers in late december and that's about it!
Their cultural argument is very interesting too:
The opening line of the ten PhDs’ ‘Appeal’ reads: Occidental culture in China has already turned from ‘gentle breeze and fine drizzle’ to ‘fierce winds and gushing rain’, with the most direct and focused manifestation being the quiet rise and increasing popularity of celebrating Christmas. Thus, us ten PhD students from different Chinese institutes of higher learning and research centers, call in all seriousness on our countrymen to beware Christmas, and move out of your collective cultural unconsciousness and raise up Chinese culture.”
Story reported here