Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Farmer Day Continued

This is the District Director of Agriculture (below) addressing the gathered crowd (above) on Farmer Day. There were speeches by the District Governor and a mullah, as well. They were nice speeches, but the most interesting bit was the mullah, after reciting some verses from the Koran, explaining that Islam forbids the celebration of Nawruz. There are only two acceptable holidays in Islam - Eid-al-Fitr (end of the Ramadan month of fasting) and Eid-al-Adha. All other holidays are forbidden. A new year's celebration at the equinox is certainly not allowed. However, the Koran does not forbid a civic event like "Farmer Day." Thus, Farmer Day.

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