Bill de Blasio Announces City Schools Will Have Muslim Holidays Off Starting Next Year

New York City public schools will have two additional religious-based holidays starting this September. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement during a press conference on Wednesday.

Under the change announced by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and city Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, there will be no class for Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, starting next September 24. Another Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr -- a festival marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan -- will become a holiday for those in summer school starting in 2016.

New York City is only one of a small handful of school districts to give time off for the Muslim holidays, but because we are the largest, it holds significant weight.

via Wochit

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