October 26, 2012 Regular Holiday: PNoy signs Proclamation 488, declaring Eidul Adha feastBy Angel Cuala on Oct 10, 2012 in Announcement, Asia, Holidays •
Manila, Philippines – President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino or PNoy signed Proclamation No. 488 on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, declaring October 26, 2012 a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eidul Adha (Eid-ul-Adha) or the Feast of Sacrifice for Filipino Muslims, which is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam.
Filipino Muslims praying on Eidul Adha
Image Credit: EPA via Aljazeera.com
“Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday. The date of the festival is based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia‘s highest religious body.” A statement reads at Gov.ph, where the October 26 holiday was announced and will fall on a Friday.
“Whereas, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on 26 October 2012 and the Eidul Adha prayer be performed on the final declaration of the Saudi Government.” The statement added.
“Now, therefore, I, Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Friday, 26 October 2012, as a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).” The proclamation further stated.
Based on Philippine calendar history, the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha are being declared as national holidays after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.
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