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NYC Mayor de Blasio adds two Muslim holidays to school calendar

Queens Muslims pray during Eid al-Fitr services.

Reuters

Two Muslim holidays have been added to New York City’s public schools calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday morning.

Schools will close to recognize Eid al-Adha this fall on Sept. 23 and summer school closed for Eid al-Fitr on July 17.

“Today we'll announce the addition of Eid al-Adha & al-Fitr to @NYCSchools holiday schedule, a change that respects the diversity of our city,” de Blasio said.

Eid al-Adha has echoes in Christian and Jewish traditions.

Also called the Feast of Sacrifice, it marks biblical Abraham’s obedience to God, who asked him to kill his son, Isaac.

In the end, an angel tells Abraham to sacrifice a ram instead, but he is rewarded for his obedience.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadam, the Muslim fasting month, which starts June 17 this year.

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