PNoy declares November 16 as national holiday
Tacloban City (November 11) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared Tuesday, November 16, 2010 as a national holiday in celebration of Eid'l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice.
President Aquino signed Proclamation No. 60 dated November 09, 2010 declaring November 16 as a national holiday in celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid'l Adha, one of the two greatest feast of Islam.
In issuing the Proclamation, President Aquino said that RA 9849 provides that Eid'l Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday.
The President also took into cognizance the fact that the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has confirmed that the feast of Eid'l Adha falls on November 16, 2010.
The Eid'l Adha 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).
In traditional or agrarian settings, each family would sacrifice a domestic animal, such as a cow, sheep, goat, or camel, by slaughter. The meat would then be divided into three equal parts to be distributed to others. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor & needy.
Eid'l 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'l Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descends from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days, 2 Months & 10 days after the end of the month of Ramadan. (PIA 8) [top]