Malacañan Palace, Manila – President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Proclamation no. 875 declaring Monday, 6 October 2014 as a Regular Holiday throughout the country in observance of Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday in the country on 6 October 2014 as per recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). It is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam where Muslims commemorate the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
It was declared as a national public holiday in order to foster goodwill between the minority Muslim Filipinos and the majority Christian Filipinos.
Let’s Talk About Traditions
According to Islamic traditions, Allah tested the prophet Ibrahim’s obedience by commanding him to sacrificially slaughter his first, and then only, son Ishmael. Both Ibrahim and Ishmael’s willingness to obey Allah’s commands was rewarded by Allah sparing Ishmael’s life, but also led to the birth of a second son, Is-haaq.
In the Islamic calendar, Eidul Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Zhul Hijja. As the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the date to celebrate Eidul Adha constantly changes. It is the duty of the NCMF to inform the Office of the President on which date in the Gregorian calendar it should fall.
Let’s Talk About Routines
Muslim Filipinos attend a mosque to pray special prayers for the occasion and to listen to a sermon. It is important to wear new clothes or the best ones they have available. Depending on the region, Muslim families, who can afford to, either buy a live animal to sacrifice such as a goat, cow or sheep, or whole or large portions of meat to share around at the feast. It is important that this meat will be shared with the poorer members of the community.
Many non-Muslim Filipinos choose to spend the day relaxing doing recreational activities with family and friends. Most shopping centres and other public spaces continue to trade as normal, and maybe with the exception of Muslim-owned businesses.
Let’s Talk About Salary
Under the Department of Labor rules, if an employee works on a regular holiday that also falls on his or day-off, he or she will be entitled to two hundred percent (200%) of the daily rate for the first eight hours (8 hrs) and an additional of thirty percent (30%) percent for additional hours.
However, if an employee is not working on regular holidays, he or she will still be entitled to one hundred percent (100%) of his or her regular daily rate provided that he or she was present, or was on leave with pay on the workday straightaway prior the holiday.
Because Eidul Adha falls on a Monday, Filipinos will again have a long weekend.
Let’s Talk About You
Not only would I love to know more about what other people will do during holidays especially students and young professionals, but I also think it would be interesting to know your plans and share it to others.
So, whether you’re a student or a young prof, I’ll be delighted if you’ll take a moment to leave a comment and share your plans this coming holiday—6 October 2014.