Palace changes Nov. 27, 28 as holidays only for ARMM

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 01 2009 09:48 PM | Updated as of Nov 02 2009 06:46 PM

MANILA - President Arroyo has amended an earlier proclamation and declared that only in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao would the Muslim festival of Eid'l Adha be celebrated as holidays on November 27 and 28.

Proclamation No. 1808-A, signed by President Arroyo on October 26, declared the observance of Eid’l Adha as a regional holiday in ARMM as stated in Republic Act 9492 – the law which rationalized the celebration of national holidays which was enacted in 2007.

Malacañang, in Proclamation No. 1808 signed April 12, declared that Eid’l Adha was to be observed as a national holiday. The earlier Palace order cited the Muslim festival as one of the two greatest feasts of Islam.

It would have marked the first time that the Muslim celebration, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice and held by Muslims after the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, would have been observed as a national holiday. The earlier proclamation aimed for an equal accommodation to the great festivities of Muslims and Christians as it also cited great feasts of the Christian church such as Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, and All Saints’ Day are national holidays.

Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims. It commemorates the sacrifice made by the Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) when God asked him to give his own son.

With the new proclamation, Nov. 27 and 28 would only be non-working holidays in ARMM.

Meanwhile, November 30, a Monday, is a regular non-working holiday to commemorate Andres Bonifacio Day.