German city to recognize Islamic holidays

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Authorities estimate some 150,000 Muslims live the city of almost 2 million people.The growing public presence of Islamic culture in Germany has sparked anger among conservatives and far-right groups.Police in Berlin are on alert for possible violence this weekend after a small far-right party said it plans to stage protests outside mosques in the German capital.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   BERLIN (AP) – Authorities in Hamburg have become the first in Germany to officially recognize Islamic holidays so Muslim employees and students can celebrate them at home.The decision forms part of an agreement between the north German city and local Muslim groups.Similar agreements exist with Christian and Jewish communities in the city.Hamburg’s mayor, Olaf Scholz, said Tuesday that he hopes the deal will serve as an example for other German cities. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more