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Should We Have An Eid Bank Holiday?

Ramadan will start today Saturday, the 28th of June and will continue for 30 days until Sunday, the 27th of July.

In the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Friday, the 27th of June.

Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Ramadan moves in the Gregorian calendar appro­ximately 11 days every year. The date of Ramadan may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.

An online petition to the British House of Commons has urged politicians to create a  bank holiday for Muslim Eid which is at the end of Ramadan and for Hindu Diwali a media report said.

The petition has 119,000 signatures and could be debated in the British parliament as the e-petition with over 100,000 signatures qualifies to be considered in the parliament under the rules of e-petition scheme in 2011, the Daily Mail reported.

The two holidays would be the first non-Christian religious holidays in Britain and could lead to calls from other faiths for their events to also be recognized.

Details of the petition are said to have been passed to the Backbench Business Committee of the British House of Commons, which will consider its suitability for debate.

Religious and community leaders have distanced themselves from the idea.

Britain has eight bank holidays every year, the second lowest in the world.

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