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religion

Proposal for a Muslim holiday

Published måndag 2 maj 2011 kl 18.09

One of the leaders of the Social Democrats says that Sweden should bring in a public holiday based on one of the Muslim holy days.

Carin Jämtin is the Secretary General of the Social Democrat Party. Speaking to broadsheet Svenska Dagbladet she says that, since almost all of Sweden's public celebrations are based on the Christian calendar, one of them should be swapped with an event that reflects modern Sweden's cultural make-up.

The Swedish Humanist Association has reacted by calling Jämtin's suggestion 'absurd', since most people in Sweden are secularised, and do not take holidays for their religious significance.

Public holidays in Sweden

New Years Day

Epiphany

Good Friday

Easter

Easter Monday

The First of May

Ascension

Pentecost

Sweden's National Day

Midsummer

All Saints Day

Christmas

Boxing Day

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