Saturday, January 23, 2010

Philippines Makes Eid'l Adha a National Holiday

The Manila (Philippines) Bulletin on Friday reported on the signing last month by President Maria Gloria Arroyo of a new law that makes the Muslim holiday of Eid'l Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) a national holiday in the Philippines. Under a law that Arroyo signed in 2002, Eid'l Fitr is already a national holiday. The Office of Muslim Affairs has been given the authority to determine the dates of the two Muslim festivals which come at different times each year on the secular calendar. At a recent Muslim Inter-Organizational Meeting, participants also debated a bill that had been introduced into the Philippine Parliament to prohibit the pejorative use of "Muslim" and "Christian" to identify those charged with crimes. Only 5% to 10% of the Philippine population are Muslim. (Wikipedia).