Monday, November 7, 2011

Celebrating Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

Today, November 7, 2011, Monday, is a national holiday for the entire Philippines in observance of Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), as per Proclamation No. 276.

The celebration commemorates and pays tribute to Abraham (Ibrahim among Muslims) and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael, as an act of obedience to God. Based on the Qu’ran, Allah replaced Ishmael with a ram just before Abraham was to sacrifice his son, thus sparing his life. The religious holiday is being observed by the Muslim community around the world.

Muslims celebrate the feast with joy. They dress in their finest garments and slaughter animals such as goat, sheep and cow that they can share with family, relatives and friends or with the poor, to symbolize the sacrifice made by Abraham in obedience to Allah and as an act of generosity. Children also get toys and food from older people.

One thing is for sure, I will be compensated with an additional 100% for the work that I have rendered today. That’s the price for working on a national holiday.

We join the entire nation in greeting our Muslim brothers and sisters on their celebration of Eid’l Adha. “Eid Murbarak!” or holiday blessings! Assalamu Alaikum! (Peace in the name of God!)

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