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Philippines Eid'l Adha Public Holiday August 12

Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila)
Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2019


Philippines Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo, has announced that Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, had signed Proclamation No.789, declaring Monday, August 12, 2019, as the date of the upcoming Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) annual non-working public holiday of the Philippines in 2019, in accordance with Republic Act 9177 and to "enable Muslim Filipinos to properly observe and enjoy the Feast of Sacrifice with their loved ones".

Last summer (2018-08-17), Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, signed Proclamation No. 555, s. 2018 which listed the special and regular public holidays in the Philippines for the then upcoming calendar year 2019, and included a slot to be filled-in for the Eid'l Fitr (End of Ramadan) and Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holidays added to the list of Philippines public holidays over the past decade.

The Eid'l Fitr (End of Ramadan) made its way into the annual list of Philippines annual public holidays, over a few years in the early 2000s (2004-10-25, 2003-11-11, 2002-01-23, 2001-12-08, 2001-11-05).

Initially, until a decade ago (2009-04-05), the Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) was only celebrated as a regional public holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). In the following couple of years, there was a lot of misfires (2010-01-04, 2009-10-30, 2009-09-01, 2009-07-18), before Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA), finally signed into law Republic Act 9849 declaring the tenth day of Zhul-Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, a national non-working public holiday to coincide with the annual observance of Eidul Adha (2010-01-04).

Despite today's sidebar comment that "The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is the body which makes the recommendation declaring Eid’l Adha in the country based on Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body", the announced date of Monday, August 12, 2019, as the date of the upcoming Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) annual non-working public holiday of the Philippines in 2019, is not in line with the date announced by Saudi Arabia.



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