The largest school system in the United States will recognize the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. The New York City schools will close on the two holidays so Muslim families can observe the day.
“This is a common sense change and one that recognizes our growing Muslim community and honors its contributions to our city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The city joins Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey who all close their school for the holidays.
In America’s Christian-centric society, the city’s initiative comes as a breath of fresh air. The U.S. is often described as a melting pot, but unfortunately the wealth of diversity breeds racial and cultural tensions. Today’s move acts as a small, progressive step towards establishing an accepting system where equality actually rings true for the U.S.