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Daghestan, Azerbaijan: Imams Against New Year Celebrations

Daghestan, Azerbaijan: Imams Against New Year Celebrations

Some Muslim groups in Daghestan and Azerbaijan have called for a ban on the public celebration of the New Year. Their rationale for doing so differs, however. For the second consecutive year, some Daghestani Muslims — both Sufis and Salafis — have called on fellow believers not to participate in what they consider the pagan tradition of celebrating the New Year.