Eid’l Adha or “Feast of Sacrifice” an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. It is considered the holiest of the two festivals in Islam, one being “Eid’l Fitr” which is celebrated to mark the end of the fasting month or Ramadhan.
The Philippines are among the countries where the Eid’l Adha is declared as a regular holiday. In the Islamic lunar calendar, it falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah (the 12th and final month in Islamic calendar) and lasts for three days. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
In the Philippines, the holiday proclamations for the said festival made by former president Benigno S. Aquino III, was usually based upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos or NCMF. For this year, President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to make a proclamation of the Eid’l Adha holiday, which may probably fall on September 11 or 12, 2016.