By Helen Ly
Having school days off is something students cherish during the school year. In 2015, New York City officially announced that students will be given two days off on Muslim holidays, specifically, Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) and Eid al - Fitr (end of Ramadan). The people of New York see the change as a positive effect because Muslim families are a part of the community and it is respectful to think of them.
Besides New York, other places are considering the idea as well, such as Philadelphia. The city plans to discuss the idea about having the days off. With this recent change, it brings to my attention the positivity for Muslim communities. With the rise of Islamophobia, it is nice to see that people are willing to accept the holidays as something special rather than associate Islam to terrorism. I asked a couple of people about what they thought of the idea of having a day off for a Muslim holiday. Hunter Mckee, a junior at Palumbo, loves the idea of acknowledging Muslim holidays, she said, "They celebrate Jewish and Catholic holidays, " so she feels that it's nice to have the open mindedness. Andrew Ly, a senior at Roman Catholic High school thinks that it's really cool. He said, " It's cool that public schools are doing that because coming from a school that is Catholic, I like that the school district celebrates a lot of religious holidays."
Overall, students are glad about the subject being brought up and for those who have a misconception about Islam; it is not a religion about war and terror, for it is about peace. Hopefully, having the day off for a Muslim holiday will help people see that Islam is a peaceful religion.