For 1st time, New York City schools close for Muslim holiday

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Posted: Sep 24, 2015 2:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City public schools are closed to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (eed ahl-AHD'-hah).

Thursday was the first time the schools serving 1.1 million pupils closed for a Muslim holiday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this year that the city's public schools would observe the two Muslim holy days of Eid al-Fitr (eed ahl-FIH'-tur) and Eid al-Adha.

Eid al-Adha is known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. It commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim — Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son.

New York City schools were closed Wednesday for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina (fah-REEN'-yah) attended a celebration of Eid-al-Adha on Thursday at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

An exhibit on Muslim cultures will open at the museum in February.