Aquino declares Nov. 16 a national holiday

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

THE nation will observe one of Islam's major feasts, the Eid'l Adha or the feast of sacrifice, on Tuesday as declared by President Benigno Aquino III.

Through Proclamation No. 60, Aquino declared Nov. 16 a non-working national holiday in celebration of Eid'l Adha, which is the tenth day in the month of Hajj or Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca, when Muslims pay homage to Abraham's supreme act of sacrifice.

The feast signifies mankind's obedience to God.


The other major Islamic feast is the Eid'l Fitr, which is the first day marking the end of the 30-day fasting period of Ramadan.

During the Eid'l Adha, general assemblies are expected to be conducted in mosques for early morning prayers, along with the ceremonial Jum'at prayers (which are usually done on Fridays).

After the morning prayers, Muslims are required to slaughter a lamb or goat or qur'ban to offer to Allah.

The basis for the declaration, dated Nov. 9, is Republic Act 9849 that declares Eid'l Adha or the tenth day of Zhul Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic Calendar, as a national holiday, which is a movable date.

This year, the declaration states the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has confirmed that the feast falls on Nov. 16, 2010.

The observance of the Islamic holidays was first implemented in November 2002 through Republic Act No. 9177 that declared the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eid'l Fitr.

The Eid’l Adha used to be a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 11, 2010.

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