November 29 declared a holiday

Malacañang has declared November 29, Monday, a regular nonworking holiday in celebration of Bonifacio Day.

It is the second holiday declared by Malacañang this month and the first to follow former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s policy of holiday economics, which allows the President to move non-religious holidays to the nearest Monday. Bonifacio Day actually falls on November 30, a Tuesday.

In a press briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said Malacañang will be more systematic in declaring holidays. He admitted that some people are confused with the Aquino administration’s policy on holidays since President Benigno Aquino III had said that he would not follow his predecessor’s policy on holiday economics.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, meanwhile, said holiday economics is good for domestic tourism as it allows workers to travel during long weekends.

He said businessmen want a fixed number of holidays every year and that the list of holidays be announced early.

The Palace earlier declared November 16, Tuesday, a National Holiday in celebration of the Islamic religious holiday Eid’l Adha.

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National Holiday in Celebration of EID’L-ADHA (Feast of Sacrifice )

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Malacañang on Wednesday has declared November 16, Tuesday, a National Holiday in celebration of the Islamic religious holiday Eid’l Adha.

The announcement of the holiday was made through Proclamation Number 60, signed by the President on Tuesday.

The date is a nonworking holiday.

The proclamation said the date was confirmed by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

Republic Act 9849 stipulates that Eid’l Adha (sometimes spelled Eid al-Adha, Eid ul Adha or Eid-u’z-Zuha, meaning the Feast of Sacrifice), one of the major religious feasts in Islam, shall be observed as a national holiday.

The holiday commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his own son, Ishmael (or Ismail), upon the command of Allah.

The feast starts at the end of the Hajj (the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to the Holy City of Mecca).

It is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Zhul Hijja, the 12th and last month of the lunar Islamic calendar.

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