After twenty years of controversy and difficulties, the grand mosque of Strasbourg officially opened to a crowd of 2,000 to coincide with Eid El-Kebir festivities. It is estimated to have cost 8.7 million euros.
World Bulletin reports that Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Northern Morocco, has approved Eid el-Kebir an official public holiday. This is the first time a non-Catholic feast will officially be designated a public holiday since the Reconquista of 1492.
Melilla has about 40,000 Muslims, slightly more than half the population. To date the city had nine Catholic religious holidays, but no Muslim, according to El Pais. Melilla will officially celebrate the Eid on November 17, 2010.