Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed via Twitter that the largest school district in the country will add Eid al-Adha & al-Fitr to the school holiday schedule. De Blasio says it “respects the diversity of our city.”
FOX News In the coming 2015-2016 school year, schools will close on September 24 for Eid al-Adha. The event, also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (And cuts the necks of conscious animals without stunning them first to ensure they suffer as long as possible while Muslims laugh and cheer)
As part of the event, meat from a barbarically-slaughtered sacrificed animal is divided into three parts. The family retains one third. Another third is given to relatives or neighbors. The final is given to the poor and needy.
Eid al-Fitr, which falls over the summer, will be designated a holiday for those attending summer school. That event, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is also considered an important religious holiday for Muslims. It marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.