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Snowmen get cold shoulder in Saudi Arabia

A 2m tall wooden snowman that appears every year at Christmasland in New Taipei City sits at the venue on Nov. 11 last year. The snowman is made by the Luban Arts and Crafts Institute in Banciao.

Photo provided by Banciao District Office
照片: 板橋區公所提供

Saudis in the northern areas drew on their imagination and sense of fun as they braved the cold weather to build snow camels in a rare tribute to the local culture. However, it was not all fun for Saudis.

A prominent religious scholar in Saudi Arabia has given the cold shoulder to snowmen – by issuing a fatwa against them. The fatwa said that building snowmen – or indeed creating any living creature out of snow – was an insult to the Islamic religion. Only inanimate things such as ships, fruit and buildings could be imitated, the fatwa said.

No date was mentioned about when the fatwa was issued, but it was widely circulated on social networks, triggering a wide and often heated online debate mainly among Gulf nationals. Those who supported the fatwa said that building snowmen was a crude imitation of the West. However, Mishaal, an angry blogger, blasted the fatwa.

“We have snow for fleeting days, maybe even hours, and there is always someone who wants to rob us of the joy and the fun,” he posted. “It seems that the only thing left for us is to sit down and drink coffee,” he said.





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1. draw on phr.

利用,取材 (li4 yong4, qu3 cai2)

例: Peter’s new book draws on his own life experiences.


2. give [somebody] the cold shoulder phr.

冷落 (leng3 luo4)

例: Why are you giving me the cold shoulder?


3. fleeting adj.

迅速的,短暫的。 (xun4 su4 de5, duan3 zan4 de5)

例: He caught a fleeting glimpse of his dream woman.


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