Manila, Philippines – Malacañang Palace declares that the Eid’l Adha holiday is on the 21st of August, not on the 22nd, contrary to the previous news reports.
Proclamation No. 556, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, declares Tuesday, August 21, 2018 as a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of the Eid’l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice.
Eid’l Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam; the other one being the Eid’l Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadhan.
Under Republic Act No. 9849, signed last July 2009, Eid’l Adha which falls on the tenth day of Zhul Hijja or the twelfth month of the Islamic Calendar, is declared as a regular holiday throughout the country.
Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, Eid’l Adha and Eid’l Fitr falls on tentative dates because they shall be based upon moon sighting. The National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) is the government agency tasked to recommend for the official dates of these holidays to the president.
Confusion arose after news articles state that the Eid’l Adha holiday will be on the 22nd. These articles were based on the Department Order (DO) No. 25, series of 2018 issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) last May, stating August 22 as a holiday for Eid’l Adha.
Although, August 22 is still part of the four-day festival of Eid’l Adha, the only declared holiday in the Philippines is the first day of Eid or the tenth day of Zhul Hijjah, which is celebrated by Muslims with a congregational prayer and korban or the sacrificial offering of animals such as sheep, goat, cow, among others.
The country will also celebrate another holiday on the 21st in commemoration of the assassination of former senator, the late Ninoy Aquino.