Filipino Muslims gather at the Quiapo Mosque in Manila on Sunday (June 29, 2014) to mark the start of Ramadan, a time for spiritual reflection. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating, fasting, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (MNS photo)

Filipino Muslims gather at the Quiapo Mosque in Manila on Sunday (June 29, 2014) to mark the start of Ramadan, a time for spiritual reflection. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating, fasting, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacanang on Tuesday declared October 6, Monday, a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifices.

Eid’l Adha marks the end of the Hajj or the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, the date of which is based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.

The Eid’l Adha also commemorates prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son to show his devotion to Allah.

The Feast of Sacrifice is part of the symbolic unity between Muslims and other religious groups in attaining-long lasting peace in the country. (MNS)