(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/7/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a decision to recognize the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) and Eid al-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha) as official holidays in a Maine school district.
Lewiston, Maine, public schools voted Monday night to recognize the Muslim celebrations as official holidays on the district’s calendar. Before Monday’s vote, the district only recognized Christian holidays in its calendar.
SEE: Muslim Eids Now on Lewiston Schools’ Holiday Calendar
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“We welcome this decision to recognize the holidays celebrated by Muslim students and staff as an indication that the school district respects the diversity of its student population. We hope other school districts follow suit.”
Last month, CAIR welcomed a similar decision of the Loudoun County, Va., school board to approve days off for Jewish, Hindu and Muslim holidays.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes N. Virginia School Board Approving Days Off for Religious Holidays
Eid al-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. During the holiday, Muslims offer public prayers, exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds and greet each other by saying “Eid mubarak” (EED-moo-BAR-ak), meaning “blessed Eid,” and “taqabbalallah ta’atakum,” or “may God accept your deeds.” Many communities also held multicultural bazaars and other family activities following communal prayers.
Eid al-Fitr is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid al-Adha, comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org