New York City public schools to have Muslim holidays off

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(CNN) — New York City public schools will now observe two Muslim holidays, officials announced Wednesday, making the district the biggest in the United States to add the religion’s holy days to its calendar.

The change announced by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and city Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina means there will be no class next September 24 for Eid al-Adha. Another Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, will become a holiday for those in summer school starting in 2016.

“Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” de Blasio said Wednesday. “This is a common-sense change, and one that recognizes our growing Muslim community and honors its contributions to our city.”