(UPDATED, 16 JULY 2021)
Later this month, Filipino Muslims will join the rest of the Islamic world in observing Eid’l Adha or their annual feast of sacrifice. President Rodrigo Duterte declared July 20, 2021 as a national holiday in connection to this religious observance through Proclamation 1189, which you can read in full here.
Duterte made the proclamation in accordance with the recommendation of the the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. The NCMF is the government agency tasked to determine the dates to which the holidays will fall based on their observations on the phases of the moon as well as the Hijra or the Islamic calendar. Eid’l Adha is one of the two Muslim holidays observed all over the country – the other one is Eid’l Fitr which was celebrated last May 13.
Eid’l Adha is an annual national holiday in the country as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 9849, which was signed in 2009 by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The full text of RA 9849 can be accessed here.
Eid’l Adha, according to RA 9849, has great significance because it is the tenth day in the month of Hajj or Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca “wherein Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrifice and signifies mankind’s obedience to God.”