By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte has declared August 12, Monday, a regular holiday across the country in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.
Eid’l Adha is one of the greatest feasts of Islam and Republic Act No. 9849 provides that it would be observed as a regular holiday.
Last year, Duterte declared August 21, 2018 a holiday in observance of the Feast of Sacrifice. It coincided with the celebration of Ninoy Aquino Day, another holiday.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is the body which makes the recommendation based on Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.
Eid’l Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year and is considered to be holier than Eid’l Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan.
The feast honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. It also marks the culmination of the Muslim’s annual pilgrimage to Mecca or the Hajj.
The Philippines has been observing Eid’l Adha as a national holiday for nine years. In 2002 RA 9177 declared Eid’l Adha only a regular holidayin the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).