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Kyrgyzstan: Workers Miss Religious Holiday

A bungled announcement about the end of Ramadan in Kyrgyzstan caused a minor scandal in Bishkek.

The AKIPress news agency reported that Orozo Ait, or Eid al-Fitr as it is known in the Arab world, was declared when Mufti Chubak-aji Jalilov caught sight of the moon at dusk on August 29. This marked the end of the 29th day of the fast, and with the Mufti’s declaration, according to the Labor Law of Kyrgyzstan, automatically made the next day a national holiday.

Unfortunately, such strict observance of Islamic law resulted in an overnight announcement, after many Kyrgyz had already gone to bed. As a result, a significant number of workers arose the next morning and went to work, only to learn via presidential announcement at 11:30 a.m. that they could have stayed in bed.

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Kyrgyzstan: Workers Miss Religious Holiday

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