New York adds Muslim holidays to the school year

New York adds Muslim holidays to the school year
For the first time, America's largest school district, New York, is adding two Muslim holidays to the school year.

This will allow 1.1 million schoolchildren holidays from next autumn when the calendar hits Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adhaa.

The announcement came from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday at a press conference, writes New York Times.

The press conference was held at a local school in Brooklyn, where there is a large proportion of Muslim students.

The change takes effect from the school year 2015-16 and fulfills a promise that de Blasio made during his campaign.

New York already recognizes several Jewish and Christian festivals, and therefore it is only natural that we now also takes into account the increasing number of Muslim pupils, was the justification from the mayor.

- It is a matter of justice, as simple as that. It (Islam) is a growing community in our city and in our schools, and that we have to recognize, said Bill de Blasio.

Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adhaa are already recognized as public holidays in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Vermont.

About one million Muslims live in New York City's five counties.

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