National holiday for this year’s Eid Al Adha will likely to happen on Friday, September 1, 2017, Google search result tells when searching “Eid Ul Adha 2017 Philippines”.
Various astronomers and meteorologists also told news agencies that the observance of the holiday is astronomically expected to fall on Friday, September 1, 2017. Meteorologist and astronomer Ibrahim Al Jarwan said the new moon of the 21th lunar month of Zul-Hijjah will appear on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10:30pm. It shall disappear on Tuesday evening 35 minutes after sunset during which it will be visible on the Western skyline.
In the Philippines, the declaration of two holidays is based on the Islamic Calendar. The dates of Eidul Adha and Eidul Fitr will only be confirmed once the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) informs the President’s office of the actual days and a proclamation of each is made.
A keyword search on Google using “Eid Ul Fitr 2017 Philippines” returns “Eid al-Fitr in Philippines began in the evening of Sunday, 25 June and ended in the evening of Monday, 26 June.” Past declaration said Malacañang issued Proclamation No. 235 declaring June 26 a regular holiday in observance of the Muslim celebration of Eid’l Fitr.
A similar keyword search, this time, using “Eid Ul Adha 2016 Philippines” shows “Eid al-Adha in Philippines began in the evening of Sunday, 11 September and ended in the evening of Monday, 12 September.” Proclamation 56 issued on September 5, 2016 set September 12, 2016 a national holiday in celebration of Eid al-Adha.
So it is likely that a proclamation will be issued soon declaring Friday, September 1, 2017 a national holiday in the Philippines based on Google search results and notable meteorologists and astronomers.
Eidul Adha is a Muslim celebration that honours the willingness of Ibrahim to obey Allah and also commemorates the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).