Netizens are searching the internet including the Facebook and Twitter searches if August 12, 2019 is a special non-working holiday in the Philippines. (READ: #WalangPasok: Malacañang declares August 12, 2019 regular holiday for Eid’l Adha)
Google Trends data reveal that there was a concerning spike in certain Google searches before August 12, 2019, Monday.
The spike in search came after the unavailability of proclamation declaring national holiday for the observance of Eidul Adha. Eidul Adha is one of the two major feasts of Islam, which are only issued after the dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra).
When is Eid al-Adha 2019?
According to several sources, Eid al-Adha falls under Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, and it is considered to be a particularly sacred month in the year. Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha on the tenth day of the month, which changes each year.
This year Eid al-Adha will take place on Monday, 12 August, 2019, although this could change slightly as it is based on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah, per Islamic Finder.
Republic Act (RA) 9849 signed in 2009 says the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah or the twelfth month of the Islamic Calendar, is hereby declared as a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Adha.
According to Proclamation No. 555 for the nationwide holidays for the year 2019, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual date of Eidul Adha on which this holiday shall fall.
The Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 007, series of 2019 calendar for school year 2019-2020 already includes August 12 as a regular holiday for Eid’l Adha.
University of the Philippines Open University in its official website marks August 12, 2019, Monday, as the official date of Eid al-Adha.