NYC School Calendar Adds Muslim Holidays

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March 1, 2015

Beginning in 2015, New York City students will enjoy two more holidays. The holidays are Eid-al-Adha and Eid-al-Fitr, the two holidays most observed by Muslims.

Eid-al-Adha occurs in September. Eid-al-Fitr is observed at the end of Ramadan, a monthlong holiday that occurs near the end of the North American summer. The day that each holiday occurs changes each Western Calendar year.

New York's 1.1 million students will not be required at school for the 2015 observance of Eid-al-Adha, which occurs on September 24. The first school holiday to coincide with Eid-al-Fitr will be during the 2016 summer school session.

The school calendar already includes one Christian holiday (Christmas), one Jewish holiday (Rosh Hashanah), and eight non-religious holidays (New Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents Day; Memorial Day; Labor Day; Veterans Day; and Thanksgiving).

New York City, the nation's largest school district, joined districts in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont in recognizing the two Muslim holidays.

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