American Muslims welcome first Eid school holiday
New York marks a milestone in the fight for equality Thursday when 1.1 million children in America’s largest school district will take the day off to mark Eid Al Adha.
It is a small but hard-won victory at a time when American Muslims complain of growing Islamophobia and worsening anti-Muslim rhetoric following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
For the first time, more than 1,800 public schools in New York will close for the Muslim feast.
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the new policy in March, announcing that New York public schools would get two days off for Eid Al Fitr, which falls during the summer, and Eid Al Adha, in addition to major Christian and Jewish holidays.
Since then, city hall has added a further day off – February 8, 2016 – for Lunar New Year, celebrated by Asian-Americans. Details