Taxi drivers in Burton and South Derbyshire are warning people looking to book a journey tomorrow, Friday, September 1, and possibly over the weekend to be wary about closures due to Eid al-Adha celebrations.
Thursday, August 31, marked the start of a commemorative week for millions of Muslims around the world, as they start the annual Eid al-Adha celebrations following the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic visit to one of the Five Pillars of Islam – Mecca.
Muslims travel to their local mosque for morning prayers, and later 'gifting' takes place, which sees family gatherings where the exchanging of cards takes place. Usually, the festival lasts for four days, however public holidays vary around the world.
Burton and South Derbyshire taxi drivers have revealed that many ranks will be closed from around 8.30am from tomorrow, Friday, September 1, until 1pm that same afternoon.
Maqsood Aussain, a driver at Macs Taxis, in Burton, is advising people to book ahead if they wish to make a journey during the time of Eid.
The 57-year-old, who will not be working all day on Friday, said: "Most will be closed on Friday morning up to 1 o'clock to pray to go to mosque. My advice would be to book ahead, that’s all I can say, booking ahead is important. Don’t miss out on journeys to airports or hospitals!"
He also said some people might be closed over the weekend, but he would be working.