MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has declared October 6, 2014 as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of the Muslim feast, Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
“The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on 6 October 2014,” Aquino said in Proclamation 875, dated September 12 but released only to the media on Tuesday, September 16.
Proclamation 875 cites Republic Act 9849 which provides that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday in the country.
Eidul Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, the other being Eid al-Fitr, which is also a regular holiday in the country. The date of Eid’l Adha is based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.
This year, Eidul Adha falls on a Monday, giving Filipinos another long weekend. – Rappler.com
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