CNV drops non-Christian holiday idea

17th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — The trade union confederation has backed down on a proposal to swap a Christian holiday for a holiday day marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

17 October 2006

AMSTERDAM — The trade union confederation has backed down on a proposal to swap a Christian holiday for a holiday day marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

The Christian trade union confederation raised the proposal last Friday, suggesting that Whit Monday could be scrapped in favour of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast day.

But the proposal was met with outrage. The CNV said on Tuesday it had received hundreds of mostly negative responses to the proposal.

A majority of CNV members were opposed to the idea, with many defending the second Whitsun holiday as part of the Netherlands' cultural heritage.

However, a large number of members supported the idea of giving non-Christians more rights to celebrate their religious holidays. The CNV is now going to examine how it can achieve that request.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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