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Muslims want holidays

In Montgomery County, Md., schools are closed for Christmas, Good Friday and the Monday after Easter, as well as the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For 10 years Muslims there have lobbied for school closures on the holidays of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast). District guidelines allow Muslim students to take excused absences on Eid days, but the county’s board of education has resisted making them official holidays, arguing that religion can’t be cited as a reason to close school.


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