Muslims push to add holy days as official NYC school holidays; mayor speaks against idea
Last update: July 3, 2009 - 11:53 AM
NEW YORK - The stress of catching up on school work and having to ask for permission to miss classes for holidays is routine for Muslim students in New York City.
That's because the nation's largest school district hasn't sanctioned official Muslim holidays. A handful of school districts in New Jersey and Michigan have recognized them, while efforts in Baltimore and Connecticut failed recently.
New York City Muslim activists were heartened this week by a City Council resolution supporting the observance of Eid al-Fitr (ayd ahl-FIH'-tur) and Eid al-Adha (eed al-AHD'-hah).
This week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke out against approving the holidays, saying it would open the door to other religious groups asking for days off. He later said he would take a closer look.