IN PHOTOS: Eid al-Adha celebration in Luneta
MANILA, Philippines – Muslims all over the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Adha, otherwise known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Tuesday, October 15.
Eid al-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia. During the 4-day festival, Muslims remember the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his own son when God asked him to do so in a dream. But when God saw that Allah would follow his orders, He provided him with a sacrificial lamb instead.
Thousands of pilgrims taking part in the Hajj travelled to Muzdalifah in preparation for Tuesday's Eid al-Adha. (READ: Hajj pilgrims set for Eid al-Adha feast)
Meanwhile, Muslims in Manila converged at Luneta to pray together in celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice.
President Benigno Aquino III declared the Eid al-Adha as a regular holiday. "Today, we are reminded of Ibraham’s tale of sacrifice, and its narrative of unconditional trust, devotion, and fortitude," Aquino said in a statement. "In the face of a seemingly insurmountable task, he showed courage and immense faith in the Almighty. May we find in ourselves the strength and empowerment Ibraham displayed as we collectively fulfill our great destiny as individuals, communities, and a nation."
To commemmorate Ibrahim's story, Muslims sacrifice goats or sheep during the feast.
This year, the Feast of Sacrifice coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the Framework Agreement, which set the roadmap for the creation of a new political entity in Muslim Mindanao.
Peace panels from the government and rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front are still in the process of negotiating details on power-sharing and normalization for the Bangsamoro.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Teresita Deles used the occasion to reiterate the government's call for FIlipinos to keep supporting the peace processs.
"The most important things come at a high price. FAB [Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro] was borne out of decades of hard work, of sacrifices, and a leap of faith of a people, and its worth constitutes the beginning of peace and progress not just in Mindanao but of the whole country." - Rappler.com