Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Eid al-Adha declared national holidays

The two-day Eid al-Adha is now among our national holidays. President Arroyo formally signed an executive order declaring November 27 and 28 this year as national non-working holidays to allow Filipino Muslims to celebrate the Islamic festival, Eid al-Adha. This will give way for more Filipino Muslims to go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj. That also means a four-day weekend from Friday, November 28 to Monday, November 30 (Bonifacio Day).

The annual Islamic celebration, the exact dates of which are determined by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, signifies the culmination of the hajj. Eid al-Adha, the second major Islamic festival, is celebrated by an estimated 10 million Muslims in the country.

The other major Islamic celebration is Eid’l Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan. This year, it will fall sometime during the last week of September. For a complete list of holidays this year, read Philippine holidays and long-weekend schedule for 2009.
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