MALACANANG has declared Monday, Sept. 12, as a regular holiday throughout the Philippines to celebrate Eid’l Adha or “Feast of Sacrifice” in solidarity with the country’s minority Muslim community.
Eid’l Adha, one of the greatest festivals of Islam, honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice Ishmael in obedience to Allah (God). It also commemorates the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
Citing Republic Act 9849. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the declaration of Sept. 12 as a national holiday is in line with the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
“Now therefore, I , Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines by virtue of the powers vested in my by law, do hereby declare Monday, September 12, 2016, as regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice),” Medialdea, reading President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 56, said.