#WalangPasok: June 26, 2017 regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr celebration


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MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang Palace on Friday has declared June 26, 2017 (Monday) a regular holiday (long weekend) throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan.

#WalangPasok: June 26, 2017 regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr celebration

Through Proclamation No. 235, President Rodrigo Duterte said: "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."

Here's the official copy of Duterte's proclamation signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea:

June 26, 2017 regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr celebration

Eid’l Fitr marks the end of the holy month of fasting for the Muslims.

In November 2002, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9177 into law declaring the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Fitr.

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."

Islam has more than five million members in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.

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