Muslims in Australia are asking for two public holidays for their two annual Eid celebrations.
A petition has been submitted to the Parliament of Australia asking for Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Al Adha to be publicly recognized.
The petition says the Muslim community would like more time to celebrate. Thus far it has 2,468 signatures and is expected to be presented on October 15.
‘The community feels they need more time to celebrate and want it recognized within the wider community,’ the petition says.
The public holiday would fall on the Mondays following Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Al Adha.
They also want the celebrations be recognized by the wider Australian community – not just people who follow Islam.
The Eid-al-Fitr is one of only two major festivals in the Islamic faith and sees Muslims give money to the poor and needy as an obligatory act of charity.
[TOP RATED COMMENT 588 votes] There 24 million people that have NOT signed so NO.
[2ND 506] How about getting a petition going to make Easter a public holiday in Saudi Arabia?
[3RD 458] Eid is irrelevant to me….I won’t be celebrating it.
[4TH 455] So they work over Christmas? Just asking
[5TH 417] Never [Daily Mail Australia] Read more