Britain may soon have Muslim bank holidays: Parliament petition urges MPs to consider having a day off during Hindu and Islam festivals

  • Online petition requesting day off for Eid and Diwali has 119,000 signatures
  • Under rules topic has to be debated in parliament once it reaches 100,000
  • Would be first non-Christian religious holidays to be marked
  • Has angered nationalists who complain St George’s day is ignored

An online petition urging politicians to create a bank holiday for Hindu festival Diwali and Muslim celebration Eid has attracted more than 119,000 signatures and could be debated in the House of Commons.

If applied, it would be the first non-Christian religious holidays in Britain and could lead to calls from other faiths for their events to also be recognised.

As the e-petition has reached 100,000 signatures it has to be considered in parliament under rules set up in 2011.

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Plea: A petition to the House of Commons has urged politicians to consider having a bank holiday for the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Muslim celebration, Eid

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