NYC Public School Kids Getting New Muslim, Lunar New Year Holidays


arabs-muslimsNew York City is moving to close school for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year – but Mayor de Blasio isn’t so sure about the Hindu festival Diwali, reports the NY Daily News.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days. ead more here.

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  1. Why is it so difficult? Public schools should be open 365, or 366, days a year. Let students attend whenever they want to, as long as they meet minimum “X” schooldays (180? 185?), whenever is convenient for them. Public school is a public service, no? (No, it’s a privilege reservoir which translates into votes….)

  2. Once again liberlism has gne to the non-sensical extreme. The Jewish holidays have long been days off from school, not to “celebrate,” but because observant Jews are restricted from riding in vehicles, writing, carrying anything in a public domain, etc. that make attending school impractical. If similar restrictions apply to the holidays of other religions, then, by all means, create a new school holiday. If not, what’s the point of not attending school?

  3. I just checked the official New York City schools website. Public schools will be closed for all of Pesach, since they schedule spring break from Erev Pesach until the entire eight days is over. They also officially close on Rosh Hashanah. Note that they also close December 25. It seems that they feel it is important to accommodate groups who have a large number of children in the system. I also believe that absence for other religious holidays, such as Yom Kippur or Shavuos, counts as an excused absence if the parent notifies the school.

    Evidently some people who post here are too young to remember when discrimination against Jews was legal and common. I have friends who went to public school outside of NYC who had to fight to get Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur off as excused absences. If you can go to a public college and wear your kippah in class, or get a Shabbos exam re-scheduled, quit complaining. The tolerance you criticize has made life easier for YOU.


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