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Couple of months ago, we saw Apple's intuitive voice-assistant Siri churning out witty replies to users when asked about what to expect at the company's 9 September launch event.

On Thursday (22 October), Hindustan Times conducted a little experiment on Apple Siri and asked '"is it holiday today", and the reply came "Today is Dussehra, Eid Mubarak".

Some believe that Siri's ambiguous reply is an intentional work of Apple's technical team, to send a secular message to India, where the Muslim community too will be observing an important religious event this weekend on Saturday (23 October).

Also read:  List of Apple Siri's witty replies on the eve of September launch event

But on a technical perspective, if Apple experts were in fact wanted to subtly send a secular message, they should have done their homework more diligently, because Eid got over way back on 19 July.

Apple Siri glitch: Voice assistant wishes Indians Eid Mubarak on Dussehra
Apple Siri glitch: Voice assistant wishes Indians Eid Mubarak on DussehraAnkita Mehta/ IBTimes India

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To be precise, the Muslim community will actually observe 23 October as the 10th day of Muharram (first month of the Islamic year).

Sunni and Shia Muslims observe the day differently. The former fast during the day, because it is recorded in the Hadith (collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad) that Musa (Moses) and his people obtained a victory over the Egyptian Pharaoh.

The latter community observes and respect Muharram as this is the month when Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad and son of Ali, got killed in the battle of Karbala. They mourn for Hussein ibn Ali's death and refrain from all joyous events.

Read more: Dussehra 2015: Why and how is it celebrated?

That being said, there are also others that say this perplexing reply is due to a technical glitch, as the Wikipedia link provided below the Siri's reply directs user to the Dussehra page. We too believe this to be the case.

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