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Several school districts across the country will close in observance of Eid, a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images

Students lead more public schools to close for Islamic holidays

School districts throughout the nation are beginning to heed calls to give students and teachers a day off in observance of the Eid al Fitr, a major Islamic holiday held at the end of Ramadan.
In the very beginning of the Roman calendar (more than 2000 years ago), there were only 10 months in the year. Jule Berlin/Shutterstock

Curious Kids: how did the months get their names?

December is named for the Roman word for “tenth”. So, why is it the twelfth month?
An unusual date that comes to us from the heavens. Date image via shutterstock.com

Leap day: fixing the faults in our stars

We will get an ‘extra’ day this year, February 29. Where do these quadrennial liberties with our calendar originate?

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