Supported by a member of the Montgomery County Council, a coalition of Maryland Muslim groups is petitioning to close schools on two Islamic holidays.
School officials in Montgomery County have been mulling over the issue since last year. The Board of Education there took up the possible closings in June, but decided against shuttering schools to honor the holidays Eid al-Adha, which falls on Oct. 15 this year, and Eid al-Fitr, though the latter holiday fell during summer break as it will will for the next three years.
Muslim holidays are based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
“Thousands of our neighbors fill mosques throughout the county for religious observance and deserve the same recognition of their most sacred holidays that other faiths enjoy,” county council member George Leventhal wrote to the school board earlier this year, supporting the closings.
The school district closes on Christmas as well as on the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.