May a Catholic Celebrate Muslim Holidays?

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May a Catholic celebrate Eid?


I assume you are referring to the two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Whether or not a Catholic should participate in these festivities depends on the circumstances. A Catholic could attend a private holiday celebration as a guest of Muslim friends or could participate in interreligious activities sponsored by a Catholic diocese in conjunction with local Muslim communities. However, there would be no reason whatsoever for a Catholic to celebrate these holidays as part of a personal religious observance, since these holidays are not part of the Catholic religious tradition.

By Michelle Arnold

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