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Oct. 15 is a regular holiday

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday signed Proclamation No. 658 declaring October 15 as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.

Eid’l Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, the other being Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan, which was also declared as a regular holiday on August 9 this year. The Eid’l Adha is based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body. Eid’l Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.

Other remaining holidays for the year are October 28, a special non-working holiday for the conduct of the barangay elections; All Saints’ Day, November 1, which is a special non-working day; November 2, which is an additional special non-working day; and November 30, which is Bonifacio Day, a regular holiday.

In December, there will be four holidays: Christmas Eve, December 24, which is a special non-working day; Christmas Day, December 25, a regular holiday; December 30, Rizal Day, also a regular holiday; and New Year’s Eve (December 31), a special non-working day.(Madel Sabater-Namit)

  • Neft Fernandez

    I agree. Isaac is the only son of Abraham to Sarah his wife. And the only son the God asked him to sacrifice was Isaac not Ishmael. Read the scripture.

  • ESQ

    Ishmael was the first born to Hagar and Isaac was Abraham’s son that he sacrifice…this only shows that the author is not reading the bible :(

  • Joe Cool

    So this day is now declared a national holiday to APPEASE the Muslims ??????