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US school district adds Diwali, Eid to school calendar holiday

PTI 16 Jan 2016, 11:10:34 IST

Washington: A US school district has unanimously voted to add Diwali, Eid al-Adha and Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve in the school holiday calendar, for the first time in the school system's history. 

Indian-American community hailed the decision by Howard County Public School System, which manages 71 schools and serves nearly 50,000 students, as "historic". 

"I am extremely pleased by the Board's ability to discuss and unanimously agree to seek ways to recognise the diverse backgrounds of Howard County's students and families," Board of Education Chairwoman Christine O'Connor said in a statement 
after the eight member board unanimously supported such a motion. 

"We want to do our best to find flexibility within the calendar to provide opportunities for all students to experience all cultures within our community."