Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy second left, and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed, celebrate with their wives after being released from Torah prison in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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New York marks a milestone in the fight for equality Thursday when 1.1 million children in U.S.' largest school district will take the day off to mark Eid al-Adha.For the first time, more than 1,800 public 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.Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the new policy in March, announcing that New York public schools would get two days off for Eid al-Fitr, which falls during the summer, and Eid al-Adha, in addition to major Christian and Jewish holidays.There are an estimated 7 to 10 million Muslims in America, of whom a million are believed to live in New York – about 10 percent of the city's population.
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