Schools, More Districts Closing on Muslim Holidays
By Debra Nussbaum

In Paterson, there has been no school on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur for years. But now the schools are also closed on the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr (the end of the month of fasting for Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca). Prospect Park schools generally close for the first and last days of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha. Atlantic City added two Muslim holidays to its school calendar in the last three years. ..
Districts like Cliffside Park that added a Muslim holiday ‘’have come a long way,’’ said Afsheen Shamsi, community relations director for the New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. ‘’We are hoping that more school districts will take off the Muslim holidays,’’ she said. ‘’America is a country where we bring together people of diverse faiths. New Jersey is a great state and attracts people of diverse backgrounds.’’ (Courtesy New York Times)

 

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