Philippines Declares Eid’l Adha a Regular Holiday

Just a few days following the long weekend which required the employers to pay their employees double, another long weekend is set to take place.

The Malacanang has already confirmed on Tuesday that the upcoming Muslim Festival of Sacrifice or Eid’l Adha was declared a regular non-working holiday.

The proclamation entitled Proclamation 56 was duly signed by the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, before leaving for the ASEAN Summit in Laos.

Eid’l Adha is one of the two greatest celebrated feasts for Muslims. Thus, the Philippines declared Eid’l Adha as a Philippine holiday under the Republic Act 9849 during the former President, Gloria Arroyo’s administration.

Eid’l Adha is the tenth day in the month of Haji or Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca. This is the season wherein Muslims pay sincere tribute to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrifice and indicates mankind’s submission to God. This year, Eid’l Adha falls on September 12 – Monday. While Muslims are waiting for their feast day, non-Muslims are meanwhile waiting for the long weekend ahead.

Aizelle Joe