September 11, 2016
Senators on Sunday joined Muslim Filipinos in commemorating the Eidul Adha urging non-Muslim Filipinos to the Islamic festival’s significance.
Senator Loren Legarda, co-author of Republic Act No. 9849, an Act Declaring Eidul Adha a National Holiday, wished for a solemn and meaningful celebration.
Legarda also asked non-Muslim Filipinos to reflect on the virtues that the feast signifies.
“…So that we develop deeper respect and understanding among us Filipinos regardless of faith or religious belief,” Legarda said.
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who hails from Bukidnon, stressed the importance of awareness and recognition of diversity as “the first step in eliminating prejudice and bigotry.”
He also pointed out that “the role of our Muslim brothers and sisters is very critical in the political, social and economic scene, and in advancing the growth of our economy.”
Moreover, he stressed that the addition of Eidul Adha as a regular holiday is akin to the holidays like Christmas, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.
According to Zubiri, as of 2014, about 2.08 billion people in the world observe the Eidul Adha every year. In the Philippines, Muslim Filipinos constitute five percent of the 100 million population.
The Eidul Adha, also referred to the “Festival of the Sacrifice” commemorates the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca of the Muslim community.