2 long weekends coming up

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

THE whole country will enjoy two successive long weekends after President Aquino declared Oct. 26, Friday, a regular holiday for the celebration of Eidul Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.

Nov. 1, Thursday, and Nov. 2, Friday, were also declared special non-working days in observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

President Aquino also signed Proclamation No. 481 declaring Oct. 21, 2012 a national day of celebration on the occasion of the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino saint after Saint Lorenzo Ruiz.

In the proclamation signed last Oct. 1, the President said “the life and martyrdom of Blessed Calungsod shall serve as an inspiration to Filipinos, particularly the youth, to live a life anchored on values and principles.”

Malacañang did not indicate, though, if Oct. 21 is a non-working holiday.

In Cebu, the national thanksgiving mass for the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod will be on Nov. 30 at the South Road Properties.

On Oct. 26, Friday, there will be no classes and work as the country joins the observance of Eidul Adha, one of the two important feasts of Islam.

Proclamation No. 488, which the President signed on Oct. 9, states that this year, the feast falls on Oct. 26 based on the declaration of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on Oct. 26 and that the Eidul Adha prayer be performed on the final declaration of the Saudi Government.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2012.

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