Axed Christmas tree sparks angry Danish racism debate

The Australian 14 November 2012

A DANISH housing estate that scrapped its traditional Christmas celebrations shortly after holding a costly Eid celebration has snowballed into an angry nationwide debate amid charges of racism.

Five out of nine members of the tenants' board voted in late October to cancel their annual Christmas tree and party in Kokkedal, 30km north of Copenhagen.

The vote came shortly after a large communal celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid had been organised by the association. (continue reading...)