Philadelphia schools adds two Muslim holidays

The US state of Philadelphia will add two Muslim holidays to the school calendar with hopes to add the holidays to public workers as well

Philadelphia schools adds two Muslim holidays

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Philadelphia School District’s official holiday calendar will soon include two Islamic holidays. 

Mayor Jim Kenny as well as the school district superintendent have announced that they will be working together to officially recognize two Islamic holidays.  The two holidays are Eid al-Fitr, celebrated after Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

In what would be an even rarer step, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday he also hopes to adopt the holidays for city workers. He has created a task force to determine how the change can be accomplished.

 A spokesman from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington said his group is not aware of any cities that have included the holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, in their municipal calendars.

"Philadelphia's history is based on being a place where religious freedom is part of its founding ethos," Kenney said at a news conference in City Hall, where he was joined by Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. to announce the new holidays. "Our city was built on the idea that while we may be different in nationality and ethnicity, the city welcomes all to worship and practice the faiths of our culture or our choosing."



Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Haziran 2016, 08:51