The northern province of Spain is serious about use of religious terms in its schools: a new law in the socialist-run province of Asturias now forbids using the word Christmas.
Teachers and pupils in Asturias classrooms will now have to refer to Christmas as â€œwinter holidaysâ€ and Easter as â€œsecond term holidaysâ€.
The regionâ€™s socialist-led government has decided to introduce the new terminology in a bid to restrict religious references in the next school year.
Asturiasâ€™s education ministry has offered little explanation for the secular legislation, Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Saturday.
Local religious teachers and institutions have shrugged off the new law, branding it as a â€œstupidityâ€ but also an â€œattackâ€.
â€œThis could be a huge reason for ridicule for Asturian society,â€ conservative association Hazte OÃr (Make Yourself Heard) told the national newspaper.
But Spainâ€™s Workersâ€™ Commissions CC00 and Asturias Teachersâ€™ Association SUATEA have backed the move, suggesting that the school calendar should take every studentâ€™s religious beliefs, whatever they might be, into account.