Dutch minister talks about recognising Eid holiday

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Deputy Transport Minister says as the Muslim population in the Netherlands increases, it is possible that the Eid al-Fitr festival could be declared as a public holiday.

4 September 2008

THE HAGUE -- Dutch Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga has said that if the proportion of Muslims in the Netherlands increases, it's conceivable that their Eid al-Fitr festival could become a public holiday.

The three-day festival often referred to as Eid marks the end of Ramadan, with gifts for children and snacks for the sweet-toothed.

Huizinga, a member of the Christian Union party, does not think the festival should replace a Christian holiday. This year, Eid begins on 2 October.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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