At the Austrian embassy in Germany, a traditional Christmas gathering was held where Christmas foods were called ‘winter delicacies,’ so as not to offend any Muslims.
Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims Aiman Mazyek, who wrote the book What Do Muslims Do at Christmas?: Islamic Faith in Everyday Life in Germany, initiated the event.
Nikolaus Marschi sent invitations out to guests, which mentioned that the event was a “cozy get-together with winter delicacies.”A reporter attended the event and asked the embassy to clarify the meaning of “winter delicacies.” He was told by the ambassador that out of respect for Muslims, Lebkuchen, a local name for gingerbread, and Kipferln, a type of croissant that is eaten at these events, were re-named.
“It is advent season, we are on the territory of the Austrian Republic, they invite Christians and Muslims for a talk about Christmas and offer Christmas delicacies that cannot be called Christmas delicacies,” said the journalist.Ambassador Marschik realized they were in error stating, “I have talked to the people in question and made sure that it will not happen again. Of course we adhere to our Christmas traditions. This is why our events include Christmas biscuits and other delicacies.”
H/T: Sunday Express
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