- President Rodrigo Duterte declares August 12 as a regular holiday in observance of the Eid’l Adha.
- The declaration was made upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
- Eid’l Adha is the second Islamic celebration of Eid, the other being Eid’l Fitr.
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President Rodrigo Duterte has officially declared August 12, Monday, a holiday to honor Eid’l Adha or the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.
The President signed on Thursday Proclamation No. 789 which provides that Eid’l Adha shall be observed as a regular holiday as it is “one of the two greatest feasts of Islam.”
“Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9849 and the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, the President has declared Monday, August 12, 2019, as a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eid’l Adha,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement.
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“The Office of the President hopes that with such declaration, our Muslim brothers and sisters can properly observe and enjoy the Feast of Sacrifice with their loved ones,” he added.
The Supreme Court has also suspended work in courts nationwide on Monday, following the announcement.
Eid’l Adha, which has been celebrated in the Philippines since 2002, signifies the end of the hajj, or the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
It is the second of two Eid celebrations—the first one being Eid’l Fitr, also an official holiday in Islam to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Eid’l Adha marks the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to God has a sign of obedience, but God had provided him a sheep to sacrifice instead.
Muslim and religious scholars use the lunar-based Islamic calendar to determine the dates for their feast.
Data from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos shows that around 7,000 Filipinos go on hajj every year.
Reports claim that there are 6 million Muslims residing in the Philippines as of date.