President Benigno S. Aquino III, on September 12, 2014, signed Proclamation No. 875 declaring October 6, 2014 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 or the Feast of Breaking the Fast, which was also declared as a regular holiday on July 29 this year. Eid’l Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to obey Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. During the celebration, Muslims around the world pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends. They sacrifice an animal and give the meat to friends, neighbors, relatives and the needy.