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Sarajevans Protest Santa Claus Ban

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Hundreds of Bosnians have
protested a ban on Santa Claus in their capital city's kindergartens.

The directors of Sarajevo's day-care centers, kindergartens and
preschools banned Santa because the city is predominantly Muslim
and Santa Claus is not part of the Muslim tradition.

A multi-religious mix of parents, children and others blew whistles on a downtown square on Sunday and requested Santa be restored to the children. Many protesters wore Santa Claus hats.

Santa is known locally as Father Frost and has given out presents to generations of Bosnian children in schools, kindergartens and other institutions. This was done even during communist rule and was always tied to New Year's celebrations. The demonstrators say that makes it a Bosnian tradition.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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