Christmas in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is, of course, an Islamic (Muslim) country. Therefore, Christmas is not a
celebrated holiday in Saudi, as Christmas is a Christian holiday. There is a small
population of Christian Arabs in Saudi, but celebrating a Christian holiday in public
is not looked upon kindly. Christian Americans, Europeans, Indians, Philippinos
and other peoples living in Saudi have to celebrate Christmas privately in their own
homes or run the risk of being questioned by Saudi Muslim authority.
Christmas lights are generally not tolerated. Manger scenes or Christian religious
icons are strictly forbidden to be displayed in public. Most families place their
Christmas trees somewhere inconspicuous in their homes. American and
British-run schools are allowed a bit more leniency, but again, Christian themes are
generally not tolerated.