• Aquino declares Oct. 6 a regular holiday

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has declared October 6, 2014 a regular holiday.

    On this day, the nation will observe one of Islam’s major feasts, the Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.

    Eid’l Adha is the tenth day in the month of Hajj or Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca, when Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrifice.

    The feast signifies mankind’s obedience to God. The other major Islamic feast is the Eid’l Fitr, the first day marking the end of the 30-day fasting period of Ramadan.

    During the Eid’l Adha, general assemblies are held in mosques for early morning prayers, along with the ceremonial Jum’at prayers (which are usually done on Fridays).

    The basis for the President’s declaration is Republic Act 9849 that declares Eid’l Adha or the tenth day of Zhul Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic Calendar, as a regular holiday, which is a movable date.

    The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has confirmed that the feast falls on October 6, 2014.

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