September 1, 2017 regular holiday for Eidul Adha in the Philippines?


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MANILA, Philippines - The Malacañang Palace is set to announce in the coming weeks a proclamation declaring a regular holiday throughout the country for Eidul Adha or "Feast of Sacrifice," which is expected on Friday, September 1, 2017.

September 1, 2017 regular holiday for Eidul Adha in the Philippines?
Once Eidul Adha 2017 was declared and confirmed by Saudi Supreme Court, President Rodrigo Duterte will announce the proclamation for regular holiday throughout the country.
In a report by Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia's Um al-Qura calendar marks Eidul Adha Muslim Festival 2017 on September 1, but the official date is announced by the High Judicial Court after the moon sighting.

In the Islamic calendar, Eidul Adha begins on the 10th day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month; the actual date for Eid will be confirmed after moon sighting on Monday, August 21, the 29th day of the previous lunar month.

According to the report, if the moon is seen on August 21, Eidul Adha will be on August 31 (Thursday). However, if the religious authorities failed to spot the moon, the lunar month carries on to 30 days and it will be celebrated on September 1.

The Eid al-Adha is Islam's holiest festival celebrated annually around the world and an official holiday in Muslim-majority countries and in the Philippines.

Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God then intervened, to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.

As mandated through Republic Act (RA) 9849 signed in 2009, the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah or the twelfth month of the Islamic Calendar, is hereby declared as a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Adha.

According to Proclamation No. 50 for the nationwide holidays for the year 2017, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual date of Eidul Adha on which this holiday shall fall.

If Eidul Adha falls on September 1, it means that Filipinos will have straight three long weekends - August 19 to 21, 2017 (Ninoy Aquino Day weekend), August 26 to 28, 2017 (National Heroes Day weekend) and September 1 to 3, 2017 (Eidul Adha).

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Eid’l Adha, which has been a public holiday since 2002 in the country, is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam - the other being Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan, which was also declared as a regular holiday on June 26.

NOTE: This is a developing story. Check back for the updates on August 22.

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