July 6 is a non-working holiday for Eid’l Fitr

In observance of Eid’l Ftitr, Malacañang has declared July 6 as a national holiday. This marks the end of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.

It was announced on Monday by Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella that July 6 will be non-working holiday.

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From the date that President Rodrigo Duterte has seated in his position, Eid’l Fitr on July 6, under Proclamation No. 6 is the first holiday that he has declared. Duterte has roots in Mindanao, which is the traditional homeland of Filipino Muslims.

Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three days after the end of the month of fasting. It is the first day marking the end of the 30-day fasting period of Ramadhan.

“The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr,” the proclamation read.

“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Firt to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Wednesday, 6 July 2016, as a regular holiday throughout the country,” it added.

“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Firt to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Wednesday, 6 July 2016, as a regular holiday throughout the country,” it added.

Having over 5 percent of the country’s population, Islam is the second largest religion in the Philippines, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

Further, Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr as thanksgiving to Allah with prayers and gatherings after Ramadan, a month-long period of prayer, fasting, charity, and sacrifice.

Celebration of Eid’l Fitr has been proclaimed a national holiday since 2002 under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to promote goodwill, brotherhood, and peace among the various religions in the country.

Meanwhile, in accordance to Republic Act 9177, only the Office of the President can announce the final date for this religious holiday, upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

 

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