By: Elena Grace Flores
Malacanang finally announce that July 6, Wednesday, is a non-working holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the beginning of the Feast of Ramadan after fasting. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the proclamation has already been signed by the President.
Eid’l Fitr, which is celebrated for three days, signifies the end of the holy month of fasting for Muslims. Republic Act No. 9177, signed into law in November 2002 by former President Gloria Arroyo, declaring the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eid’l Fitr.
This day however is dependent on the Islamic calendar according to RA 9177, “the approximate date of these Islamic holidays may be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient” – and only the office of the President can make such declaration for the final date of the Eid’l Fitr national holiday.