School District Adds Muslim, Hindu Holidays to School Calendar

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The East Meadow School District of New York has officially added the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and the Hindu holiday of Diwali to their school year calendar. Students will be given days off to recognize these holidays.

“I am proud to say we have a diverse community here in our school district,” said East Meadow Superintendent Leon Campo. “After doing a lot of research on both holidays, I recommend to the board to adopt Eid al-Adha and Diwali as school holidays, while recognizing Eid al-Fitr as a religious holiday.”

The Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha (“the Feast of the Sacrifice”) recognizes the story of Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This holiday occurs in from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5 in 2017. Then in the following month of October on the 19th, the Hindu holiday Diwali (“the Festival of Lights”) will take place. It celebrates the “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.”

The Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr may be added to the calendar in the future, according to Campo. East Meadow is one of only two districts on Long Island to recognize these holidays, since most school districts only celebrate Christian and Jewish holidays.

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