Spain Reveals Plans To Make Muslim Festivals Public Holidays Funded By Taxpayers
Javier Herrera-Garcia Canturri, Spain’s ministry of justice advisor, revealed Madrid was “considering” the move when it unveils a package of Labour reforms, according to Europa Press.
If the Spanish government puts Muslim feasts on the public calendar, it would have to eliminate others including Christian and civil holidays.
The controversial reforms also explore plans to see 0.7 per cent of people’s income tax paid into a variety of different religions including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism or Protestant churches.
Public holidays celebrated in Spain include a mix of religious (Roman Catholic), national and regional observances.
Although public holidays vary across the country, each area is allowed a maximum of 13 per year, 9 of which are decided by the central government and two locally.
Six of the nation-wide holidays mark Christian feasts including Christmas, Epiphany, Good Friday and All Saints Day. All the others are secular.
Since 2010, Ceuta and Melilla, both autonomous cities of Spain, declared the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha as a public holiday, as an official public holiday.
It was the first time a non-Christian religious festival had been officially celebrated in Sapience since the Reconquista.
Muslims make up 50 per cent of their population.
However in Spain, less than two per cent of the population identifies themselves as Muslim, according to the government’s Centre for Sociological Investigations.