In celebration of the Eid’l Adha, or the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, Malacañang just declared Tuesday November 16, 2010 a National non-working holiday.
President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III declared the holiday through Proclamation No. 60.
The proclamation, signed November 9, was based on Republic Act 9849, which provides that Eid’l Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday.
Eid al-Adha, also known as “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God, but instead was able to sacrifice a ram (by God’s command).
Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar. Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months and 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. (PIA)