September 1, 2017 is the official date of Eidul Adha in the Philippines after the announcement of Saudi Arabia’s High Judicial Court (HJC).
The date has been confirmed to be the first day of Eid al-Adha 2017 after moon sighting on August 22, Al Jazeera News said.
Al Jazeera said the HJC had called for moon sighting on August 21, but since the moon was not sighted, it has called for moon sighting again on the evening of August 22.
“On August 22, the High Judicial Court confirmed the sighting of the moon and officially announced September 1 as the first day of Eid.”
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Most Muslim countries will also observe Eid from September 1, 2017.
In the Philippines, the Eidul Adha, one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, is celebrated as a regular holiday per Republic Act No. 9849. The date of the festival is based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) will then recommend to the President the first day of the observance of Eidul Adha based on the final declaration of the Saudi Government.
A proclamation will then follow suit to declare the first day of the festival as a regular holiday throughout the country.