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Public school students in Cambridge will get a day off Monday in what officials believe will be the first time in the state that a school district has scheduled a holiday to recognize an Islamic holy day.

The district-wide school holiday will recognize Eid Al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, and was approved by the Cambridge School Committee last year.

"We're ecstatic about this," said Atif Harden, the interim executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. "This is the first year that it's going to occur. This sort of recognition of our existence and the population we have, we feel very good about."


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