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(Al Jazeera) — Muslim clerics in Kyrgyzstan have issued a fatwa against New Year celebrations in the country as they are not related to Islam and are too expensive.
The chief Muslim authority of the central Asian country have called for the ban urging Muslims to ignore the holiday altogether.
“This New Year is not a religious holiday. It is not related to Muslims at all,” said Ravshan Eratov, head of the Kyrgyz Muslims’ Religious Administration.
He also said that Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha and the Jumah (Friday prayer) are the only holidays in Islam.
“Only those are our holidays. The rest is not about Islam,” he said.
The Soviet Union, which Kyrgyzstan was formerly a part of, regarded New Year’s Day as the biggest holiday of the year – a tradition which is still practiced in many former Soviet countries including predominantly Orthodox Christian Russia.
Kyrgyzstan is a predominantly Muslim country.