November 16, 2010 has been declared a holiday by Malacanang today to celebrate the Muslim feast of Eid’l Adha. As Nov. 16 falls on a Tuesday, this doesn’t qualify as a long weekend holiday, but at least the day off is still something that students, state and private sector workers will enjoy 😀
The holiday announcement was made possible through Proclamation No. 60 signed by President Aquino.
Eid’l Adha is recognized under the law as a national holiday by virtue of Republic Act 9849. The date for the celebration of this holiday is movable, depending on the lunar cycle.
Earlier, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) headed by Secretary Bai Omera D. Dianalan Lucman recommended to Malacañang the declaration of the Nov. 16, saying the Islamic event is celebrated for at least three days in Arab and Muslim countries.
The remaining 2010 holidays are the following:
Bonifacio Day – exact date of observance is November 30
Christmas Eve – December 24 (additional special non-working day)
Christmas Day – December 25
New Year’s Eve – December 31 ( last day of the year)
Rizal Day – exact date is December 30