Egypt's private-sector workers to take Sunday and Monday as paid holiday over Eid El-Fitr

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Jun 2017

File photo of people eying the traditional sweets ''Kahk'', as part of the celebration of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, at a bakery in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Egypt's private-sector workers will be allowed to take Sunday and Monday as paid holiday this year on the occasion of Eid El-Fitr, Minister of Manpower Mohamed Safaan said on Tuesday.

According to state-run news agency MENA, which carried Safaan's announcement, the annual three-day holiday starts on Sunday 25 June this year.

Public sector employees in ministries, governmental authorities, and other state-owned institutions will take three days of paid holiday.

However, most private-sector workers are normally granted just two days of paid holiday.

Eid El-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

However, the date of Eid al-Fitr changes each year, being calculated according to the Islamic lunar calendar.

Egyptian government officials traditionally announce the dates for Eid El-Fitr several days in advance, once they are known.

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