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American Muslims welcome first Eid school holiday

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New York marks a milestone in the fight for equality on Thursday when 1.1 million children in America’s largest school district will take the day off to mark Eid Al Adha.

It is a small but hard-won victory at a time when American Muslims complain of growing Islamophobia and worsening anti-Muslim rhetoric following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

For the first time, more than 1,800 state schools in New York will close for the Muslim feast of sacrifice, a day after also closing for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.