Thursday, July 16, 2009

Long Weekend Ahead

It was announced this week that next Sunday will be a public holiday (remember, Sunday is a work day here) and that the weekend will be 3 days long.


The reason is for "The Ascension" which celebrates Prophet Mohammed's ascendancy to heaven.  I guess its the Islamic version of Easter.  The funny thing is though is that its not a standing date in the calendar and is only decreed in the week before the holiday and I hear its based on lunar schedules and "first sightings" of the moon in a particular area of the sky.

I guess its not too far removed from the Christian Easter... I have no idea why Easter falls on the day it falls each year from year to year.

Anyways, I guess we'll be eating the Islamic equivalent of Hot Cross Buns on Sunday!

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