Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha will be officially recognized in New York City public school calendars starting in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina announced March 4.
Muslim Americans families can rejoice, and so can any other child now that a day off has been added to the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.
New York City public schools will be closed on Sept. 24 so Muslim families can observe Eid al-Adha.
Eid al-Fitr, which falls during the summer, will also add a day off for students in summer school.
“This is a common sense change and one that recognizes our growing Muslim community and honors its contributions to our city,” said de Blasio.
New York City now joins other districts in Vermont, New Jersey and Massachusetts that close public schools in recognition of Muslim holidays.
“This new addition will also enable a teachable moment in the classroom for our students to learn about religious tolerance and the societal contributions of various cultures,” Farina said, adding that the change honors the diversity of more than 1.1 million students currently enrolled in the nation’s largest school district.