NYC public schools add 2 Muslim holidays to calendar

By Aileen Graef  |  March 4, 2015 at 2:51 PM
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NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city's public schools will be adding the Muslim holidays Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr to their calendar.

An estimated 10 percent of students in New York City public schools are observant Muslims. The schools currently break for Christmas, Easter, Passover and Rosh Hashanah.

Eid al-Adha is known as the Festival of the Sacrifice, in reference to the Abraham shared with Christianity and Judaism, who was willing to sacrifice his son to God. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of fasting for the holy month of Ramadan.

De Blasio called it necessary to respect the diversity of the city.

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