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

Eid al-Adha around the world
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For 1st time, New York City schools close for Muslim holiday
TEHRAN, Sept. 24, 2015-- An Iranian Muslim prays during the Eid al-Adha festival in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, marking the end of the Hajj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz via Getty Images)
A Muslim prays during the religious festivities of Eid al-Adha at the mosque in Cherbourg-Octeville, northwestern France on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
AMMAN, Sept. 24, 2015-- Muslims pray during the Eid al-Adha festival in Amman, Jordan, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims across the world celebrated the annual Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, on Thursday. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh via Getty Images)

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.

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