It’s Another Long Weekend: September 1, 2017 – Declared as a Regular Holiday #WalangPasok

Eid al-Adha - Eid prayer in Badshahi Mosque photo via Wikipedia

#WalangPasok: September 1, 2017, Declared as a Regular Holiday

September 1, 2017 was declared by Malacanang Palace as a regular holiday via Proclamation No. 297. This is to observe the Feast of Sacrifice or “Edi’l Adha” (Eid al-Adha), a Muslim festival.

#WalangPasok Proclamation 297 on September 1, 2017 It’s Another Long Weekend
#WalangPasok Proclamation 297 on September 1, 2017 Yay! It’s Another Long Weekend

This is good news both for the Filipino workers and students. The Filipinos love holidays and the long weekend is surely something worth watching out for. Some would probably plan on going out of town with the whole family or some will choose to stay at home for that much-needed rest. Whatever they choose, one thing is clear; it is the time for family bonding.

September 1, Friday, is a regular holiday as declared by the Malacanang Palace. This declaration was signed by the President of the Republic, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This is the observance of the festival of our Muslim brothers, Eid’l Adha.

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Proclamation No. 297 states that the holiday is effective all over the country. They have recommended that companies all over the country should observe this holiday which is based on the calendar of Islam.

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Eid al-Adha - Eid prayer in Badshahi Mosque photo via Wikipedia
Eid al-Adha – Eid prayer in Badshahi Mosque photo via Wikipedia

“Eid’l Fitr” or Feast of Breaking the Fast and “Eid’l Adha” or Feast of Sacrifice are the 2 major festivals of Islam. In respect of their religion, the Philippines is acknowledging these two major feasts and their corresponding activities.

The 2nd of 2 Holidays in the Muslim religion, Eid’l Adha is celebrated not only in our country but on different parts of the world too.

Eid’l Adha is the one considered as holier between the two Muslim feasts because this one honors Ibrahim’s willingness in an act of obedience to sacrifice his very own son. But God intervened and instead had a sheep be sacrificed instead of his son. This is why during this feast, the Muslims sacrifice an animal which is then divided into 3 parts; 1/3 of the share goes to the family, another 1/3 goes to the relatives and the last third goes to the poor.

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