MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte has declared August 12 as a regular holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha or the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, according to a document released Thursday.
Eid al-Adha is "one of the two greatest feasts of Islam" and Republic Act 9849 provides that it shall be observed as a regular holiday, Duterte said in his Proclamation 789.
The Supreme Court also suspended work in all courts nationwide on Monday in light of the holiday.
Eid al-Adha commemorates the sacrifice made by Abraham in obedience to Allah’s command.
This major festival is celebrated by a pilgrimage in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, sacrificing an animal, having a feast with family and relatives, and performing an act of charity to the needy.
Eid‘l Fitr last June 5, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, was also declared as a regular holiday.
Muslims make up around 6 percent of the Philippines, according to official data.
- With a report from Pia Gutierrez and Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News