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Greetings on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha 2011

The most important festival in the Islamic calendar, the festival of sacrifice, Eid-ul-Adha begins on 6 November.

Religious festivals are always a good opportunity to engage in interfaith and intercultural dialogue. They are a chance to explain one's own faith - its rites and traditions - to build bridges and to become better acquainted about religious and cultural barriers.

In this respect, I hope that this year's festival of sacrifice results in many enriching encounters and I wish all Muslims in Germany a peaceful festival with their families and friends.

Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich, MdB (Member of the German Bundestag)

Federal Minister of the Interior

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