Iligan City, Philippines – Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid’l Adha (Eid al-Adha) or the “Feast of Sacrifice”, one of the two holy feasts in Islam.
Eid’l Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. The other feast in Islam is Eid’l Fitr, which is celebrated to conclude the month-long, obligatory fasting of Muslims from dawn to sunset.
In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
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It is so-called as “Feast of Sacrifice” because it commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (SWT) command to sacrifice his son.
In the Middle Eastern countries, Eid’l Adha is usually a four-day festival, which commences with a congregational prayer. The succeeding three days are slated for “Korban”, which is a sacrificial offering of animals such as sheep, goat, cow, among others.
Eid’l Adha is also celebrated in the same manner in the Philippines. It is among the recognized Muslim holidays in the country under Presidential Decree No. 291 “Recognizing Muslim Holidays and Providing for Implementation” signed by former President Ferdinand Marcos.
It is declared annually as a regular holiday throughout the country by the incumbent president.
Eid’l Adha holiday this year will probably fall on August 22, however, President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to declare the official date based upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos or NCMF.
The Department of Education (DepEd) in its School Calendar of Activities marked August 22 as a regular holiday.