November 7, 2011 Holiday (Eidul Adha)

President Benigno Aquino III on October 20 declared Monday, November 7, 2011 as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eidul Adha.

“Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday,” Proclamation No. 276, which was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. last Thursday, provides.

Eidul Adha
“The date of the festival based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body is on 6 November 2011,” MalacaƱang in the proclamation said.

According to the Palace, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on November 7, 2011 and the Eidul Adha prayer held on November 6, 2011.

Eidul Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Isma'il as an act of obedience to God.

Celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide. The date is approximately 70 days (2 months and 10 days) after Eid'l Fitr, the end of the month of Ramadan.

Eidul Adha is the 12th regular holiday in the country.

New Year’s Day (January 1), Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9), Maundy Thursday (April 21), Good Friday (April 22), Labor Day (May 1), Independence Day (June 12), National Heroes Day (Last Monday of August), Bonifacio Day (November 30), Christmas Day (December 25), Rizal Day (December 30), Eid'l Fitr (movable date) and Eidul Adha (movable date) are listed as official public holidays in the Philippines.