October 15, 2013 (Tuesday) is a Regular Holiday (Muslim's Festival of Sacrifice)

Manila, Philippines -  President Benigno Aquino III  annouced today, October 4, that Tuesday, October 15, 2013 is declared a regular holiday throughout the country in celebration of Eidul Adha (Muslim's Festival of Sacrifice). Eid al-Adha 2013 begins in the evening of
Monday, October 14 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, October 15.

Eidul Adha October 2013 celebration

Through President proclamation no. 658, it says that Feast of the Sacrifice shall be celebrated as a regular holiday. Eidul Adha is one of the two greatest feasts being observed by the Muslim world.

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It is a commemoration of prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his young and only firstborn son, Ishmael in obedience to a command from God. It marks the end of the annual Hajj (Islamic pilgrimage) to Mecca.

Abraham had shown that his love for God superseded all others: that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dearest to him in submission to God's command. Muslims commemorate this ultimate act of sacrifice every year during this feast.

The celebration started on 10 Dhu al-Hijjah ( the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar and the season of the hajj) and ends on
13 Dhu al-Hijjah.

Muslims go to the Masjid (mosque) to pray the prayer of the Eid (festival or holiday).

Eidul Adha observance includes Eid prayers, sacrificing a sheep, cow, goat, buffalo or camel in the name of God, giving away one-third of the meat to friends and neighbors and donating one-third or more of the meat to the poor and needy.

The date of festivity is based on the Saudi Arabia's highest religious body declaration. Meanwhile, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on 15 October 2013 and the Eidul Adha prayer be performed on the final declaration of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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