On Thursday, July 15, President Rodrigo Duterte has officially declared July 20 a national holiday for Eid’l Adha as recommended by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
Eid Al-Adha is the second of the largest Muslim festivals worldwide, marking the Hajj (pilgrimage) rites at Minā, Saudi Arabia, near Mecca. Like Eid al-Fitr, it is distinguished by the performance of communal prayer at daybreak on its first day. It begins on the 10th of Dhū al-Ḥijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, and continues for an additional three days (though the Muslim use of a lunar calendar means that it may occur during any season of the year).britannica.com
During the Eid Al-Adha, families that can afford to sacrifice a ritually acceptable animal (sheep, goat, camel, or cow) do so and then divide the flesh equally among themselves, the poor, and friends and neighbours.
In addition, Eid Al-Adha is a time for visiting with friends and family and for exchanging gifts.
However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Muslim community is expected to observe community quarantine protocols and physical distancing measures. – WhatALife.ph
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