(NYTIMES) — In many communities throughout the United States, people are commemorating the Lunar, or Chinese, New Year on Monday. In San Francisco, public students have the day off. So do public school students in Tenafly, N.J. Yes, Tenafly, which has a sizable Korean population.

In New York, State Senator Daniel L. Squadron and Assemblywoman Grace Meng are calling on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to declare the Lunar New Year a school holiday. The two, both Democrats, said the day was “the Asian community’s most important and greatest holiday.”

“One out of every six New York City school students is Asian American, and today they have to choose between observing it with their families and community or going to school,” said Mr. Squadron, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, including Chinatown.

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