Carin Jämtin

Suggestion to mark Moslem holiday withdrawn

Social Democrat party chair Carin Jämtin has withdrawn her widely criticised suggestion that Sweden introduce a Moslem-related public holiday.

Jämtin made her proposal for a review of public holidays in a newspaper interview earlier this week. She said then that based one on the Moslem feast of Eid, which comes at the end of Ramadan, might be appropriate.

Now she tells Swedish Radio News that Sweden doesn’t need any new holidays and the current ones are fine just as they are. She now says that those who wish to celebrate other days should take vacation then.

Jämtin says she received many responses to her suggestion, most negative. She adds that it is regrettable that many of the negative comments concerned Islam and conflicts that many people perceive in society today.

Despite the very secular nature of modern Swedish society, most current public holidays here have Christian origins. It was only recently that Whit (Pentacost) Monday was replaced as a holiday in Sweden by the June 6 National Day.

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