Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) Holiday in PH 2021

PUBLISHED ON: May 9, 2021
LAST UPDATED ON: July 16, 2021

Eid'l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice is a nationwide Holiday in the Philippines for 2021.

For the day of Eid'l Adha to be declared as a non-working Holiday in the Philippines, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has to recommend a date to the Office of the President and then the Office of the President shall issue a proclamation.

Eid'l Adha Holiday Celebration

What does Eid'l Adha celebrate?

Eid'l Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) is a religious holiday in the Islamic faith and starts to be celebrated on the 10th Day of the 12th Month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar and lasts for three to four days. It honors the event when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.

When is Eid'l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice celebrated in 2021?

The official date for Eid'l Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) has been issued by the Office of the President for 2021.

As stated in Section 2 of Proclamation No. 986, series of 2020 regarding the proclamation date to be issued:

The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijira) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, which ever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which these holidays shall respectively fall.

Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is to be celebrated on 20 July 2021, Tuesday.

Employees, regardless of faith, who worked on Eid'l Adha is entitled to additional compensation.

Is Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) a fixed or movable Holiday?

Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is a movable holiday and is dependent on the Islamic Lunar calendar. The day is always on the 10th day of the last month of the Islamic Lunar calendar.

Holiday Pay for Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

Is Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) a Regular Holiday or a Special Non-Working Day?

Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is declared as a Regular Holiday in the Philippines.

How to compute for Regular Holiday Pay for Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

The computation of the Regular Holiday Pay for Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is dependent upon several factors such as if it was also a scheduled Rest Day or overtime work has been performed.

Legal Basis for the declaration of Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) as a Holiday

When was Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) first started to be celebrated as a Holiday?

Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is a religious holiday by those adhere to the Islamic faith and therefore celebrated by Muslims even before any law or proclamation in the Philippines.

The first issuance that instituted Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) as a holiday was under Book Five of the Presidential Decree No. 1083, series of 1977, also known as Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines. However, the issuance primarily made it a regional holiday as stated in Article 170 of the aforementioned issuance:

Provinces and cities where officially observed. – (1) Muslim holidays shall be officially observed in the Provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, and in the Cities of Cotabato, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian, and Zamboanga and in such other Muslim provinces and cities as may hereafter be created.

Presidential Decree No. 1083 has also provided a provision that allows it to be expanded to other provinces and cities.

Article 170 (2) Upon proclamation by the President of the Philippines, Muslim holidays may also be officially observed in other provinces and cities.

In additional Article 172, Book Five of Presidential Decree No. 1083 allows Muslim government officials and employees outside the aforementioned provinces in Article 170 to be excused from reporting to work in observance of Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), among other Muslim holidays not mentioned here.

Likewise, Article 172 (2) also provides powers for the Holiday to cover private sector employees outside the aforementioned provinces without reduction to the usual compensation, provided that the Office of the President to issue a proclamation.

Republic Act No. 9177 and 9492 only mentioned Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) as a regional Holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

In 2009, Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) has been added to the nationwide Holidays celebrated in the Philippines through Republic Act No. 9849.

Law or Republic Act that declares Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) as a Regular Holiday

Republic Act No. 9849 is the law that declares Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) as a nationwide Regular Holiday.

What spelling variation is used by laws for Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)?

The Arabic script for Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is عيد الأضحى‎‎‎. A google search would reveal different spellings for the romanization of the script such as Eid al-Adha, Eid Al Adha, Eid-ul-Adha, Eid'l Adha, among others.

In the Philippines, there are inconsistencies in the writing of official government documents used.

Spelling VariationIssuance DateDocuments
‘Id-ul-Adha4 February 1977Presidential Decree 1083, series of 1977
Eidul Adha13 November 2002Republic Act No. 9177
-24 July 2007Republic Act No. 9492
-11 December 2009Republic Act No. 9849
-2011 - 2021Nationwide Proclamations
2011 - 2014Proclamations declaring Eid'l Adha
Eid'l Adha2010Nationwide Proclamations
-2009; 2015 -2021Proclamations declaring Eid'l Adha

This article uses Eid'l Adha due to the recent usage of National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in its external affairs publication of the Eid'l Adha proclamation for 2020 on their official website, NCMF's use of the variation on their Facebook Page posted on 23 July 2020 recommending the 2020 Eid'l Adha, and the consistent usage in proclamations declaring the actual date of Eid'l Adha as a Regular Holiday in the Philippines since 2009 with the exception of the years between 2011 - 2014.

Proclamations that declare Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) as a Regular Holiday

YearProclamationNCMF
Recommendation
Proclamation
for Eid'l Adha
Issuance
Date
Date of
Eid'l Adha
Remarks
2009N/AProclamation No. 1808,
s. 2009
12 April27 - 28 November
(Friday and Saturday)
Declared as
regional turned
national holiday
2010Proclamation No. 1841,
s. 2009
Proclamation No. 60,
s. 2010
9 November16 November
(Tuesday)
2011Proclamation No. 84,
s. 2010
Proclamation No. 276,
s. 2011
20 October7 November
(Monday)
-
2012Proclamation No. 295,
series of 2011
Proclamation No. 488,
s. 2012
9 October26 October
(Friday)
-
2013Proclamation No. 459,
series of 2012
Proclamation No. 658,
s. 2013
3 October15 October
(Tuesday)
-
2014Proclamation No. 655,
series of 2013
Proclamation No. 875,
s. 2014
12 September6 October (Monday)-
2015Proclamation No. 831,
series of 2014
Proclamation No. 1128,
s. 2015
15 September25 September
(Friday)
-
2016Proclamation No. 1105,
series of 2015
Proclamation No. 56,
s. 2016
5 September12 September
(Monday)
-
2017Proclamation No. 50,
series of 2016
Proclamation No. 297,
s. 2017
29 August1 September
(Friday)
-
2018Proclamation no. 269,
series of 2017
Proclamation No. 556,
s. 2018
15 August21 August
(Tuesday)
-
2019Proclamation no. 555,
series of 2018
Proclamation No. 789,
s. 2019
8 August12 August
(Monday)
-
2020Proclamation No. 845,
series of 2019
6 July 2020Proclamation No. 985.
s. 2020
29 July31 July
(Friday)
-
2021Proclamation No. 986,
series of 2020
24 June 2020Proclamation No. 1189.
s. 2020
15 July20 July
(Tuesday)
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