Proclamation No. 276 s. 2011, November 7, 2011 as a Regular Holiday - Palace Declares

On Thursday, October 20, 2011 President Benigno Aquino, III signed the Proclamation No. 276 s. 2011 declaring Monday, November 7, 2011, as a Regular Holiday throughout the country in observance of the Eidul Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, one of the two greatest feasts of Islam.

Released on Friday, October 21, 2011, the declaration is contained in Proclamation 276, which was signed by the Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa (By the President)  last Thursday, October 20, 2011.

On the said proclamation, the date of the festival based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body is November 6, 2011.

The Philippine’s National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on November 7, 2011 and the Eidul Adha prayer on November 6, 2011.

Eidul Adha is the start of the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. The dates of Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (lunar calendar), or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.

The President earlier appealed to Saudi King Abdullah Asis Al-Saud to provide 1,100 more Hajj visas to Filipinos wanting to go to Mecca.

All Saints Day on November 1, 2011, Tuesday, has earlier been declared as Special Non-working Day through Proclamation No. 84, dated 20 December 2010 and October 31, a special non-working holiday, under Proclamation 265, to give Filipinos time to observe All Saints’ Day (see link).

To download the full Proclamation No. 276, please click here.

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

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