Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Friday July 31st 2020 a regular nationwide holiday to celebrate Eid’l Adha, a major Muslim festival.
“Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eid’l Adha shall be observed as a regular holiday,” Duterte said in a statement.
He added that the date was chosen based on the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
The president advised the Muslim community to maintain social distancing during the festivities.
Muslims make up around 10% of Philippines’ 100-million population, according to the commission.
Eid’l Adha is a major Islamic festival celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice everything for God.