Lonely Planet Writer

Santa to skip Brunei from now on as sultanate bans Christmas

Christmas jumpers could be banned in Brunei.
Christmas jumpers could be banned in Brunei. Image by Simon James / CC BY-SA 2.0

A ban on Christmas references, such as novelty sweaters, has been implemented in oil-rich Brunei over fears the festive garb could ‘lead Muslims astray.’ The new ruling by the increasingly conservative nation follows the April 2014 introduction of a sharia law penal code, which carries harsh penalties such as death by stoning. Read more: dailymail.co.uk