#WalangPasok: June 5, 2019 holiday for Eid'l Fitr in the Philippines


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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring June 5, 2019 (Wednesday) a regular holiday nationwide in observance of Eid'l Fitr or Feast of Ramadan.

#WalangPasok: June 5, 2019 holiday for Eid'l Fitr in the Philippines
Islam's holiest prayers, fasting and feast | Photo courtesy of AP/via PhilStar.com

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the declaration on Wednesday, May 29. This is after the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)'s recommendation to declare a holiday on the said date.

#WalangPasok: June 5, 2019 holiday for Eid'l Fitr in the Philippines
Proclamation No. 729 declaring June 5, 2019 a 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.

— The Summit Express


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