IB Times District by district, Eid al-Adha is becoming a holiday that more Muslim kids in the U.S. can look forward to celebrating outside of school. A school district board in Maryland voted unanimously Thursday to add Eid al-Adha to the list of days off for religious holidays, as recognition of Muslim holidays grows within U.S. school districts.
“I am extremely pleased by the Board’s ability to discuss and unanimously agree to seek ways to recognize the diverse backgrounds of Howard County’s students and families,” said Christine O’Connor, the chairwoman of the board, the Baltimore Sun reported. “We want to do our best to find flexibility within the calendar to provide opportunities for all students to experience all cultures within our community.”
Proposals to add Muslim holidays to school calendars have been met with the argument that it’s impossible to accommodate every single religious minority.
“We have 67 different languages spoken in Clifton homes, and we have many different ethnic groups,” said James Daly, president of the board of education in Clifton, New Jersey, a school district that in 2010 considered observing Muslim holidays. “Once you start making accommodations for one group, where do you draw the line?” he asked, the Christian Science Monitor reported.
“When these holidays are recognized, it’s a sign that Muslims have a role in the political and social fabric of America,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the New York Times in March 2015, after New York City’s decision to observe both Eid holidays.
What’s next? Dress like a Muslim day?
Pray like a Muslim day?
Watch how Muslims carry on when they don’t get a school board to bow to their demands for Muslim holidays: