Uzbekistan Moves End of Ramadan Public Holiday Back
Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2008 Updated: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Uzbekistan's President, Islam Karimov, signed a decree yesterday "on the Celebration of Ramadan Holiday", moving the upcoming End of Ramadan public holiday from its previously announced date of October 2, to Wednesday, October 1.
This follows following the pronouncement by the Uzbek Muslims Organization that the first day of the End of Ramadan holiday would fall on October 1st, 2008.
Note that this means that both the End of Ramadan and the Teachers' Day public holidays will occur on the same date in 2008.
What will happen is still uncertain; Uzbekistan is one of the only former Soviet Central Asian republics that does not move public holidays that fall on a week-end.
However, this last-minute collision of 2 public holidays probably means that a day in lieu public holiday will be declared on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008, as that date had been announced for months as being a public holiday.
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