This petition was submitted during the 2017–2019 Conservative government
Petition Public Holiday on Muslims religious occasions in the UK(Eid ul Fitr&Eid ul Adha)
Public Holiday on Muslims special two religious occasions in a year: 1. Eid ul-Fitr and 2. Eid ul-Adha. This will give an opportunity for Muslim families to get together and share happiness with other religious communities. It is very important for Muslims to celebrate EID.
Islam is the second largest religion in the United Kingdom, with results from the United Kingdom Census 2011 giving the UK Muslim population in 2011 as 2,786,635, (2.7 million ) 4.8% of the total population. The vast majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom live in England: 2,660,116 (5.02% of the population).
Muslims don't get a lawful Public Holiday on their two special religious occasions in a year 1. Eid ul-Fitr and 2. Eid ul-Adha.
This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months
Parliament debated this topic
This topic was debated on 29 October 2018
This response was given on 26 June 2018
The Government has no plans to create a public holiday to commemorate religious festivals such as Eid. The costs would be considerable. The cost of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee holiday was around £1.2bn.
Read the response in full
The Government is committed to bringing people together in strong, united communities. We encourage and support people to have shared aspirations, values and experiences. Festivals such as Eid contribute towards this objective. We regret however that we cannot agree to create new bank or public holidays to mark this festival.
The Government regularly receives requests for additional bank and public holidays to celebrate a variety of occasions including religious festivals. However the current pattern is well established and accepted,
Whilst an additional bank holiday may benefit some communities and sectors, the cost to the economy of an additional bank holiday remains considerable. The most recent estimate following an Impact Assessment (IA) for the additional holiday for the Diamond Jubilee is that a bank holiday (across the UK as a whole) costs employers around £1.2bn.
Workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days holiday each year. Workers are under no legal obligation to grant a religious-based request for time off. However Government's policy is to encourage employers to respond flexibly and sympathetically to any requests for leave, including requests for religious holidays, bearing in mind business needs. Acas provides detailed guidance for employers about religious festivals and holy days on its website.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
MPs to debate petitions about religious holidays on Monday 29 October
The Petitions Committee (the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system) met today and agreed to schedule a debate on religious holidays, based on two separate but related petitions:
Public Holiday on Muslims religious occasions in the UK(Eid ul Fitr&Eid ul Adha - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/220501
PublicHoliday on Hindus special two religious occasions in a year:Diwali&Dussera - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/221860
The Committee has scheduled this debate because there were no new petitions which had reached the 100,000 signatures required to be considered for debate. Although the petitions together have not reached the 100,000 signatures usually required to be considered for debate, the Petitions Committee recognised that this is a subject that affects many different religious groups, and that individually they may find it harder to meet the 100,000 signature threshold.
The debate will take place on Monday 29 October, and will start at 4.30pm. You can watch it at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons. A transcript will be published the following day at https://hansard.parliament.uk
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