Eidul Adha in the Philippines
In the Philippines, Eidul Adha has been a public holiday since 2002.
Enshrined in law, Republic Act No. 9849 states that the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah or the twelfth month of the Islamic Calendar is hereby declared as a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Adha.
This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God.
During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.
Did you know?
In Egypt, the festival is often called Eid Al Lahma, which means the 'meat Eid'. The giving of charity in the form of money, food, or clothes to the homeless or poor is another key tradition of Eid al Adha.