The New York City school closing calendar will add two holidays to celebrate Muslim events.
Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed via Twitter that the largest school district in the country will add Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr to the school holiday schedule.
The mayor said it “respects the diversity of our city.”
“We’re here today to make good on a promise to our Muslim brothers and sisters that a holiday of supreme importance to the Muslim community will be recognized in our school calendar so that children can honor the holiday without missing school, so that families can be together on the holiday, so that our city respects and embraces this important and growing community,” de Blasio said at an event Wednesday. “We’re making good on a promise, and it’s time for this promise to be kept.”
In the coming 2015-2016 school year, schools will close on September 24 for Eid al-Adha. The event, also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael.
Even the holiest day for Muslims celebrates slaughter. Even though Islam didn’t exist when the Biblical sacrifice of Isaac took place, and Muslims can’t even agree on who was sacrificed on this supposed holy day.
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Eid al-Fitr, which falls over the summer, will be designated a holiday for those attending summer school.
That event, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is also considered an important religious holiday for Muslims. It marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said each school year will be adjusted to take into account when all recognized holidays fall to make sure the mandated minimum of 180 days of classroom time is met. She said the schedule always builds in a few extra days in anticipation of snow days.
NYC schools will be closed to celebrate Islam on 9/11 in future years when the dates coincide.