Mangaluru: When the state government had released the list of official public holidays for 2015, Sep 24 had been decided on as holiday for Bakrid. The community organizations had also announced the same day would be observed as the day of feast.
However, last week the government, on recommendations from the official moon-sighting committee, revised the date as Sep 25. But the community members from DK, Udupi and Kodagu chose to stick to Sep 24 for celebrating the event.
Now that these three district would not have a free day on Sep 24 and, instead have to be content with a day of rest on the following day, several community organizations submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim to consider declaring Sep 24 as a holiday for DK district.
They also demanded protection with police security during the qurbani (sacrifice) rituals. The delegation was led by United Muslim organizations’ leader and former mayor K Ashraf, accompanied by Human Rights Federation leader Mohammed Haneef U, Fish Merchants’ Association leader Abdul Hameed Kudroli, C M Mustafa, U N Bava, PFI leader Mohammed Haneef, Jaleel Krishnapura, Abubaqer Bajpe, Naushad Kudroli and others.