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Eid al-Adha as a public holiday on June 28

Malacañang has declared June 28 a public holiday to commemorate Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., through Executive Secretary Lucas Berthamin, signed Declaration 258 making the festival a regular national holiday.

Eid'l Adha is among the two Islamic holidays celebrated across the world every year.

Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, is an important Islamic holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world. This commemorates the will of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dur Hijjah, after the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The Islamic lunar calendar determines the date of Eid al-Adha and may vary from year to year on the Gregorian calendar.

During Eid al-Adha, Muslims gather in mosques and outdoor places of worship for special prayers. A prayer is followed by a sermon, and family and friends gather to share a meal and exchange gifts. One of the central traditions of this holiday is the sacrifice of animals, usually sheep, goats, cows, and camels, which symbolizes Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. The meat of the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts:

Some are kept for the family, some are given to friends and neighbors, and the rest is given to the poor.

Eid al-Adha is a time of joy, gratitude, and remembrance for Muslims worldwide. It is an occasion for fostering community bonds, showing compassion to those in need, and reflecting on the values of sacrifice, faith, and submission to God.

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