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Two long weekends for Filipinos starting next week

President Aquino has declared Nov. 7 as a non-working holiday in observance of Eidul Adha or Islam’s Feast of Sacrifice.

Proclamation No. 276 said Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eidul Adha be celebrated as a regular holiday as it is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam.

The date of the festival based on the declaration by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body is Nov. 6, a Sunday. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, however, recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on Nov. 7 and the Eidul Adha prayer be on Nov. 6.

Aquino earlier declared October 31 as a special non-working holiday nationwide. Aquino said the holiday would give the public the “full opportunity” to observe the holiday “with all its religious fervor” and allow ample time to travel.

October 31 falls between a Sunday (Oct. 30) and Tuesday (or Nov. 1), an annual holiday in observance of All Saints’ Day. Work and classes will resume on Nov. 2, the day on which All Souls’ Day is traditionally observed because it was not included in the official list of holidays for 2011 issued by the Palace under Proclamation 84 in Dec. 2010.


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