Duterte declares June 15, 2018 a regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr


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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday declared June 15, 2018 (Friday) a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of the Eid’l Fitr or end of Ramadan.
Duterte declares June 15, 2018 a regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr

Duterte signed Proclamation 514, according to Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.

This means that Filipinos will have a long weekend this month from June 15 to 17.

READ: Proclamation No. 514 declaring June 15 a regular holiday nationwide.

Duterte declares June 15, 2018 a regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr

According to Proclamation No. 269 for the nationwide holidays for year 2018, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President [ President Rodrigo Duterte] of the actual date of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha on which these holidays shall fall.

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.

RA 9177 states that "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."

While the exact date of Eid Al Fitr is already known and looking further down the calendar, Eid Al Adha will most likely to fall on Wednesday, August 22.

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

— The Summit Express


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