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MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo has declared Nov. 27 and 28 as national holidays for the celebration of the Islamic religious festival of Eid’l Adha.

While Eid’l Adha is already celebrated as a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the President decided to make this a national holiday just like the Christian feasts of Christmas, Easter Sunday and All Saints Day.

“To guide our search for peace, one principle is that our society is a multi-ethnic one which should be founded on social justice for all and the institutionalized accommodation of ethnic traditions,” the President said in Proclamation No. 1808.

“Christian and Muslim are but a few names to which the Filipino responds in a wondrous testimony to our rich and varied heritage as a nation,” she added.

Eid’l Adha or the festival of sacrifice commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael to God as a sign of his loyalty.