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New York City is moving to close school for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year — but Mayor de Blasio isn’t so sure about the Hindu festival Diwali. Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school. But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days. It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. Mayor de Blasio, in blue, will add more holidays to the New York City public school calendar — but not all the days everyone was seeking. A spokesman for the Indian community appealed to the mayor to recognize the Hindu holiday.
Shashi Shah of the Association of Indians in America. Ethnic communities have pushed for all four holidays to be recognized. Former Mayor Bloomberg opposed the change, saying kids should not miss more school. Get Daily News stories, delivered to your inbox. Sign up now to start receiving breaking news alerts on your desktop. Most of the lessons are videos or available as Powerpoint download with embedded sounds. All the work has been done.