14 September 2019 - 14 Elul 5779 - י"ד אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
U.N. looking to recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday Print E-mail
Israel has asked the United Nations to recognise the holiest day of the Jewish calendar Yom Kippur as an official U.N. holiday.
According to JTA, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, met in October with U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to make the request. With the recognition, U.N. employees would be allowed to take a day off without having to give up a vacation day.
There are 10 U.N. holidays, including the Muslim observances of Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha and the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, along with Christmas Day, Palm Sunday, Easter and the Islamic New Year.
(Issue November 2013) 

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