Spain approves Islamic Eid as official holiday for first time

A Spanish enclave in Northern Morocco approved the Muslim holiday, Eid el-Kebir, as an official public holiday for first time since 1492 in Spain, reports said.

Spain approves Islamic Eid as official holiday for first time

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Spanish enclave in Northern Morocco approved the Muslim holiday, Eid el-Kebir, as an official public holiday for first time since 1492 in Spain, reports said.

Melilla will celebrate the Eid on November 17, 2010.

This is the first time since 1492 and the "Reconquista" of the Moorish kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula by the Catholic Monarchs, a non-Catholic feast will be officially a public holiday in a Spanish city, El Pais said.

The Muslim associations of Melilla obtained from local authorities that the Eid el-Kebir is recorded in the calendar 2010 of holidays.

The date of November 17 has been arrested and will be submitted on September 30 to the Ministry of Labor in Madrid, following approval by the government Council in Melilla.

Melilla has about 40,000 Muslims, slightly more than half the population. The city had so far nine Catholic religious holidays, but no Muslim, according to El Pais.

Ceuta, another Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, will soon follow the path of Melilla, the paper added.

The Eid commemorates the permission granted by Ala to Abraham, that instead of scarifying his own son, he could sacrifice a lamb instead.
Last Mod: 14 Eylül 2009, 17:16
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