Posted by: becketfund | May 28, 2010

Russia: Government Approves New Religious Holiday

MOSCOW – The Federation Council on May 23 approved a bill passed by the Duma that establishes the Christian celebration of the Day of the Baptism of Rus’ as a public holiday, Eurasia Review reported on May 28.  This is the ninth religious holiday to be recognized by the post-Soviet government.  In response to the bill being passed, Amir Gallyamov, the senator from the Amur oblast, proposed creating another holiday for the Day of the Adoption of Islam, and Buddhists, especially in Kalmykia, suggested that they should have a similar public holiday for their faith.

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