Malacañang has declared July 9, 2022, a regular holiday in the entire country in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.
Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez signed Proclamation No. 2 by the authority of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on July 5.
Based on the Proclamation, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended July 9 be declared a national holiday following the 1443 Hijrah Islamic Lunar Calendar.
Eid’l Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year and is considered 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 annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca or the Hajj.
It is one of the greatest feasts of Islam, and Republic Act (RA) No. 9849 provides that it would be observed as a regular holiday.
Proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha are issued after the approximate days of the Islamic holidays have been determined under the Islamic calendar or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.
The NCMF is the body that makes the recommendation based on Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.
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 holiday in the former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).