German Minister Moots Muslim Holiday

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Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship (L), speaks next to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere during a news conference at the German federal interior ministry on December 2, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

Berlin: Germany’s Muslim community has welcomed Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere’s suggestion of recognizing Islamic holidays in the country. Aiman Mazyek, who chairs the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, said such a move would enhance the integration of Muslim migrants.
De Maiziere, a senior minister from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat (CDU) party, told an election meeting in Lower Saxony in the second week of October, that he was open to having recognized Muslim public holidays.
“I am ready to discuss whether we can introduce a Muslim holiday,” de Maiziere said, adding that Catholics or Protestants could celebrate their religious festivals in regions where they had a large population.
“In places where many Muslims live, why we don’t consider having a Muslim holiday?” he added.
Germany is home to nearly 4.7 million Muslims, and they constitute nearly 5.7 percent of the population. Many of them are second- or third-generation Turkish families who migrated to the country in the 1960s. (Source: World Bulliten)