Hey, kids of New York City! You get another day off. This week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city's public schools will officially recognize the Lunar New Year as a holiday, starting next year.
Lunar New Year Added to New York Public School Calendar
The mayor made good on a promise made during his 2013 mayoral campaign, adding the Lunar New Year as a holiday on the official public school calendar. The move came after de Blasio in March declared school holidays on the most-observed holidays in Islam, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
The mayor's office first made the announcement on Twitter, saying it "was working toward a more inclusive city." The tweet also appeared in traditional Chinese characters and in Korean.
In the coming 2015-16 school year, schools will close on February 8 for the Lunar New Year.
One in six students in New York City's public school system is Asian American. New York will become only the second major urban school district in the nation, after San Francisco, to officially observe the Lunar New Year.
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