Russia reverses decision on Muslim holidays

The Russian Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a decision to declare the two main Muslim holidays – Eid al-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr – regular working days in the mainly Muslim republic of Bashkiria.

On September 22, the Supreme Court ruled that the two religious holidays, which have traditionally been public holidays in Bashkiria, should be normal working days.

The initial decision was taken by the Supreme Court after a resident of Ufa, the capital of Bashkiria, complained that public holidays during these two events “violate his constitutional right to work.”

The decision was reversed after the republic’s government sent an appeal to the Supreme Court.

“The next Eid al-Adha will be held on November 6 in Bashkiria, and it will be a public holiday, as always,” a spokesman for the parliament of Bashkiria said.

A law establishing Eid al-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr as public holidays was adopted in 1992 in Bashkiria.

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