Malacañang has declared today that November 16, 2010 (Tuesday) is an official national Philippine holiday in observance of Eid’l-Adha (or Islam’s Feast Of Sacrifice). Eid’l-Adha represents the 10th day of Zhul Hijja (12th month of the Islamic calendar) and is one of two greatest feast of Islam. The holiday was only observed limited to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the previous years and was not part of national Philippine Holidays then.
photo © 2008 Danumurthi Mahendra | more info (via: Wylio)The holiday announcement was made possible through Proclamation No. 60 signed by President Aquino.
Eid’l Adha is recognized under the law as a national holiday by virtue of Republic Act 9849. The date for the celebration of this holiday is movable, depending on the lunar cycle.
Earlier, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) headed by Secretary Bai Omera D. Dianalan Lucman recommended to Malacañang the declaration of the Nov. 16, saying the Islamic event is celebrated for at least three days in Arab and Muslim countries.
Proclamation 60: November 16, 2010 is National Philippine Holiday (Eid’l-Adha)