German Officials Abolish Christian St. Martin’s Holiday to Avoid Offending Muslim Migrants
St. Martin’s Day is a German holiday dedicated to St. Martin of Tours and celebrates modesty and altruism.
Many children build lanterns for the annual procession.
A St. Martin’s Day procession in Germany.
Now German leftists want to abolish the holiday to appease Muslim migrants.
Primary schools and kindergartens in Germany are abolishing a Christian celebration and changing it into a generic “festival of lights” so as not to offend the hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants pouring into the country.
According to a translated report out of the Epoch Times, schools are re-naming the Christian-themed St. Martin’s Day, an annual celebration that takes place in numerous European countries on November 11.
Several daycare centers in Düsseldorf have abolished the festival altogether out of “consideration for the refugees,” a decision that has prompted fierce criticism from head teachers at other schools in the region.
Others have re-named the event the “Festival of Lights” in order to “facilitate the integration” of the Muslim migrants, said Nanette Weidelt, head of the Düsseldorf Don Bosco-Montessori School.
Leftist politicians have been attempting to amend the celebration for a number of years, with Rüdiger Sagel insisting the change was a necessary response to the “high proportion of Muslim children in the day care centers.”
“You should not impose the Christian tradition,” Sagel asserted.
However, some see the change as yet another example of how Germans are being forced to integrate with Muslim culture and not the other way around as it should be.