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8107Russia schools ban "cult of death" Halloween

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  • David-Constantine Wright
    Oct 31, 2007
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      Russia schools ban "cult of death" Halloween

      MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow schools have been ordered to ban students
      from celebrating the cult of the dead, better known as Halloween,
      despite the widespread popularity of the imported festival to Russia.

      Halloween is being forced underground because it "includes religious
      elements, the cult of death, the mockery of death," a spokesman for
      the city's education department Alexander Gavrilov said on Wednesday.

      "It's not an attempt to block the celebration of this holiday
      completely, just in schools and colleges," he added.

      Pumpkins and images of witches are widespread across Russia, with many
      bars organizing special fancy dress parties, despite the efforts of
      the Kremlin and especially the Russian Orthodox Church to curb
      enthusiasm for non-native festivities.

      "This is destructive for the minds and the spiritual and moral health
      of pupils," said Gavrilov, saying the ban had been recommended by
      psychiatrists."
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