Two Islamic festivals to become state holidays in Ukraine

A boy watches people pray at the Ar-Rakhma mosque on Islam’s Eid al-Adha holiday, which Crimean Tatars call Qurban Bayrami, in Kyiv on Aug. 11, 2019. Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr will become official state holidays in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on May 18, 2020.Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk

Islam’s two most important festivals, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, will become official state holidays in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on May 18, the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide.

“We want to build a state in which everyone feels like a citizen of Ukraine. I would like everyone to feel like a full-fledged citizen, not forgetting the history and traditions of one’s own people. We want to support you not only in words, but in actions, at the legislative level,” Zelensky told representatives of the Crimean Tatar people at a meeting where he announced the resolution.

(c)KYIV POST 2020

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