Philadelphia Adds Muslim Holidays to Public School Calendar

by Chris Fuchs
NBC News

Following New York City’s lead, Philadelphia will add two Muslim holy days to its school calendar, the city announced this week.

The move will affect Philadelphia’s 134,538 public school children who will be given the day off for Eid al-Fitr, celebrated following the month-long observance of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, which marks the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham in Judaism and Christianity) to sacrifice his son for God.

“In this election cycle of unprecedented anti-Muslim bigotry, Mayor Kenney and the City of Philadelphia are to be commended for not being intimidated by the fear-mongering voices of hate and division,” Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement. Read full story…