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Spain Ceuta Additional Muslim Public Holiday Update

Source: Boletín Oficial de la Ciudad de Ceuta (BOCCE)
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2019


The Government of the Autonomous City of Ceuta has indicated that the list of non-working public holidays for the Spanish autonomous region of Ceuta in 2020, would not include a second Muslim public holiday in Ceuta for the Eid al Fitr, or End of Ramadan.

Ten years ago (2009-09-18), after lengthy discussions (2009-09-15 and 2009-09-16), the Spanish autonomous region of Ceuta approved the declaration of the Eid al-Adha (Pascua musulmana del sacrificio) as a one-off regional public holiday, and made the change permanent, the year after (2010-09-23), by canceling the September 2, Día de la Autonomía, public holiday.

The declaration of the Eid al-Adha as a public holiday in Ceuta was immediately followed by calls for the "Fiesta de Ruptura del Ayuno", also known as Eid al Fitr, or End of Ramadan, to also be declared as a non-working public holiday in Ceuta (2011-09-20, 2012-10-19, 2013-09-12 and 2016-07-11).

In fact, for the calendar year 2020, according to the forecasts of the Islamic Community of Spain, Eid Al Fitr will fall on Sunday, May 24, 2019, which would make it a non-working day automatically, but the request by local Muslim leaders is that an additional, day in lieu, public holiday be declared on the Monday following the Eid Al Fitr on Monday, May 25, 2019.

The list of non-working public holidays for the Spanish autonomous region of Ceuta in 2020 will be discussed at the plenary of the government of the Spanish autonomous region of Ceuta, later this month.



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