New traditions take hold this Columbus Day

HO-HO-KUS - In honor of Columbus Day, banks, libraries and post offices were closed across New Jersey. Some schools, however, were in session today.

One school that had class today was the Christopher Columbus Middle School in Clifton. It was the first time ever that the district was open for Columbus Day. It is also the first year that schools were closed for Eid al Fitr, a Muslim holiday. Clifton school officials say Columbus Day was not sacrificed for the Muslim holiday, but that it was added this year and Columbus Day was replaced for a "teacher training day."

In Ho-Ho-Kus, it was decided that a new Columbus Day tradition was in order. Students spent half the day learning about Christopher Columbus and then had half the day off.

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