President Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, III has declared July 17, Friday, a regular holiday as so that the non-Muslim citizens of the country can have “have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid'l Fitr.”
It was announced in Proclamation No. 1070 which read, “In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Friday, 17 July 2015, as a regular holiday throughout the country.”
Eid’l Fitr is three-day celebration to celebrate the end of Ramadan which is an entire month of fasting. Republic Act 9177 states that the government needs to declare Eid’l Fitr as a national holiday but since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, which means it’s based on the movement of the moon, there is no constant date for when it falls and so confirmation from the Muslim community as to the date has to come first.
The proclamation announcing July 17 as a regular holiday was signed last Monday, July 6 but news started circulating on July 9.
The next Muslim holiday is Eid al-Adha which is a celebration that lasts for four days. No date has been announced for it as of now.
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