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