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Omsk Ministry of Education declares Halloween an extremist celebration

31 October 2013 


Source: HRO.org (info)
Schools in the Omsk region are to stop celebrating Halloween because, according to the statement from the regional Ministry of Education, it serves to advocate “extremist tendencies” and “promotes the cult of death.”

“On the basis of an appeal by the Omsk Parents’ Association, the Omsk Region Ministry of Education recommends that measures be taken to suppress activities connected with the celebration of Halloween,” according to the ministry’s statement as quoted by Sib.fm.

Regional Minister of Education Sergei Alekseev explained that the decision was taken as part of the “prevention and prohibition of extremist attitudes in children and young people.”

According to Alekseev, activities in schools must comply with the “basic cultural values of the peoples of Russia,” which calls for enhanced supervision of students’ leisure activities.

According to research by the Institute of Pedagogical Innovations at the Russian Academy of Education and the Institute of the Family and Education, which was cited by the Omsk Ministry of Education, the celebration of Halloween has “negative consequences affecting the educational process and its participants.”

“The presence of mystical elements, a definite promotion of the cult of death and its embodiment in the celebration could have devastating consequences on the mental and moral health of students,” experts from these institutes declared.

The origins of Halloween can be traced to the traditions of the ancient Celts in Ireland and Scotland, the history of which began in what is presently the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Halloween is celebrated on October 31st, on the eve of the Christian All Saints’ Day.

Translated by Sarah McDowell
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