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Philippines Eidul Adha Public Holiday Moved

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (Manila)
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011

Philippines' President, Benigno S. Aquino III, has signed Proclamation No. 276 which moves the date of the upcoming Eidul Adha non-working public holiday from the previously announced date of Sunday, November 6, to Monday, November 7, 2011.

Recall that the date of Sunday, November 6, 2011, was listed in Proclamation 84, signed late last year (2010-12-20) by President Aquino, listing the special and regular public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2011.

The aforementioned Proclamation 276 specifically states that "the date of the festival based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia's highest religious body is on 6 November 2011" but states that today's announced change was decided as "the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on 7 November 2011".

In the early 2000's, the Philippines used to announce Muslim public holidays dates in line with south-east Asian practices (2003-11-11), but for a couple of years (2009-04-05 and 2010-11-10), the Philippines has been following the Saudi Umm al Qura calendar. It is not clear if this reversion to a local calendar will be permanent or not.

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