Eid al-Adha

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Obama Turns Down Muslim Holiday Request

Congress is the one that establishes federal holidays, says White House

(Newser) - The good holiday news: President Obama has signed an executive order that makes Christmas Eve a half-day for federal employees. The bad: Obama will not make the Muslim holy days of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr federal holidays. The White House said so after a We the People petition asking... More »

Syrian Truce Might Be Crumbling Already

Four people killed in first few hours of four-day 'ceasefire'

(Newser) - Just hours after it began, fighting broke out during what was supposed to be a four-day ceasefire between Syrian troops and rebel fighters in honor of the Eid al-Adha holiday, reports Reuters . Activists say four people were killed by tank fire and snipers in a Damascus suburb, and a Reuters... More »

UN: Syria, Rebels Agree to 4-Day Eid Truce

There will be a truce for the upcoming Muslim holiday

(Newser) - Bashar al-Assad's regime and Syrian rebels have agreed to a temporary truce that coincides with the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday, a UN mediator tells Reuters . Lakhdar Brahimi said that various rebel groups had agreed to the ceasefire "in principle," but CNN notes that Assad's side says... More »

Sacrificial Free Sheep Offered With TV at Israeli Shop

Veterinary authorities close down grim promotion

(Newser) - It's sheep-slaughtering time among Israel's minority Arabs and an electrical appliance shop is cashing in with a buy-one-get-one free offer—but in this case, the freebie is a sheep. The shop offered a free sheep, to be sacrificed on today's Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, with any purchase of a... More »

Roadside Bomb Strikes Afghan Gov's Convoy

Kandahar official survives attack on holiest Muslim holiday

(Newser) - The governor of Kandahar narrowly escaped death today when a roadside bomb exploded underneath his convoy. Turyalai Wesa was on his way to prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha, the holiest holiday on the Muslim calendar. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, a violent Afghan hotspot, and... More »

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