July 20, 2021 holiday for Eidul Adha in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Malacañang Palace announced on July 15 a proclamation declaring a regular holiday throughout the country for Eidul Adha or "Feast of Sacrifice" on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Is July 20, 2021 holiday for Eidul Adha in the Philippines?

UPDATE: Palace declares July 20, 2021 a regular holiday for Eid’l Adha

Abu Dhabi-based International Astronomical Centre (IAC) announced on June 30 that "Tuesday, July 20, is likely to be the first day of Eid Al Adha in most Islamic countries." State news agency WAM added that the date was predicted by expert astronomer Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, Director of the IAC.

Emirates News Agency's tweet on Eid Al Adha.
Screenshot of Emirates News Agency's tweet on Eid Al Adha.

Saudi Arabia's Um al-Qura calendar also marks Eidul Adha 2021 Muslim Festival on July 20, with the official date and confirmation to be announced by the High Judicial Court (HJC) after the moon sighting.

Saudi Arabia's Um al-Qura calendar.
Saudi Arabia's Um al-Qura calendar.

According to Proclamation No. 986 for the nationwide holidays for the year 2021, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President for the actual date of Eidul Adha on which this holiday shall fall.

READ: LIST: 2021 Holidays, Long Weekends in the Philippines

Eid al-Adha, one of largest religious festivals for Muslims worldwide, marks the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismail or Ismael) as an act of obedience to God, before God then intervened, to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.

In the Philippines, Republic Act (RA) 9849 signed in 2009 says 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.

Eid’l Adha, a public holiday since 2002 in the country, is one of the two greatest feasts of the Muslim community - the other called Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan, which was also declared as a regular holiday on May 13.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Muslim community is expected to observe quarantine protocols and physical distancing measures.

Mindanao, home to majority of Muslim Filipinos, is currently under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) for areas of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Butuan City, Dumagat Islands and Surigao del Sur.

READ: LIST: Community quarantine classifications for July 2021

Muslim Filipinos comprise about six percent of the population.

— The Summit Express


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  1. sana sa July 19 nalang eidul adha para long weekend tayo.

  2. thanks for the update of eid adha holiday exact date this 2021

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