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Town Puts On Christmas Lights Already To Help Celebrate Other Faiths

 

Updated : Aug 24, 2009

A Lancashire town has put up its Christmas lights - 127 days before Christmas.



Rochdale Council say the lights in Milnrow will be used in celebrations for several faiths - starting with the Muslim festival of Eid on September 20, reports The Sun.Other holy days include the Hindu festival of Diwali in October, the Jewish holiday of Hannukah in December - and even the Wicca festival Yule celebrated by white witches and pagans on the winter solstice.But the town's decorations are traditional Christmas symbols including a giant Noel sign, Santa Claus, and even a penguin on skis.

Student Tom Whitaker, 19, said: "It's absolutely ludicrous. It's the height of summer and they're putting up Christmas lights."Café owner Vicky Mannion, 38, said: "I nearly died from shock. It's four months away and I have more pressing concerns - like keeping my café going."

Pensioner Elaine Clarke, 62, added: "Seeing the lights makes me feel depressed. I know we haven't had much of a summer but let's get it out of the way first."A spokesman for Rochdale Borough Council said: "We're getting into the festive spirit early this year. Festive lights will be installed across the borough by October 19 and the work is underway now."These lights will be used to celebrate a number of festivals, commencing with Eid next month."

 

 

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