'We all deserve the same.' Bridgeport Board of Ed discusses making Eid al-Fitr an official school holiday
Officials with the Bridgeport Board of Education discussed if the end of Ramadan fasting should be an official school holiday at a board meeting on Monday.
Eid al-Fitr is a holiday celebrated in the Islam religion, meaning festival of breaking fast. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. It is a chance to enjoy special dishes while gathering with family and friends.
The effort is led by a team of eighth-graders from Park City Magnet School following a civics class assignment.
"We're humans, we're all humans, we all deserve the same," said Yahya Attie.
The Diversity Committee passed a proposal to bring the issue to the school board and seemed to gain the superintendent's support.
The owner of a market specializing in halal foods says the change would not just benefit Muslim students but would be educational for all people.
"We celebrate everybody, like you know Christmas, so we can celebrate everybody for Eid day, for Ramadan," said Abul Khair.
Eid al-Fitr is a dawn-to-sunset celebration. This year's holiday will begin on May 1 and end May 2.
One school board member made another motion to look at the overall policy around holidays. The district observes Three Kings Day, Good Friday, the Jewish high holidays and takes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off, as well as the actual Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday.
The proposed Eid al-Fitr holiday would not go into the calendar until the 2023-24 school year.