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Lunar New Year will soon be a school holiday in New York City

In 2016, New York City students will have the opportunity to celebrate another official holiday with a day off from school: Lunar New Year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Monday that the school system will recognize the Lunar New Year beginning next year, NBC New York reports. The mayor is expected to officially announce the decision on Tuesday. Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian communities, and one-sixth of the 1.1 million public school students in the city are of Asian descent. Earlier this year, de Blasio said schools would also honor the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Firt and Eid al-Adha.