When is Eid'l Fitr 2021 holiday in the Philippines?

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce soon a proclamation for Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan) regular holiday this 2021.
    When is Eid'l Fitr 2021 holiday in the Philippines?

    Depending on the new moon sighting on the 29th night of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr this year is likely to fall on May 12 (Wednesday).

    Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Um al-Qura calendar marks Eid'l Fitr on May 13.

    NOTE: The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual date on which this holiday shall fall.

    SEE ALSO: LIST: 2021 Holidays, Long Weekends in the Philippines

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon.

    The holy fasting period for Ramadan started on April 13 as announced by the NCMF. The 29th day is on May 11.

    Devout Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset during the entire Ramadan, which they consider a period of introspection, communal prayer in the mosque, and reading of the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

    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."

    Eid al-Fitr is traditionally celebrated by families gathering in large congregation for an Eid prayer to express gratitude to Allah for having been able to perform their personal sacrifices.

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Muslim community is expected to observe community quarantine protocols and physical distancing measures.

    Mindanao, home to majority of Muslim Filipinos, is currently under a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) for three areas (Iligan City, Davao City and Lanao del Sur) and modified GCQ for the rest of the region.

    READ: Duterte announces new quarantine classifications for May 1 to 31, 2021

    Eid'l Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations. The other one is Eid al-Adha or The Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrated on the 10th day of the last month of the Islamic calendar and commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son to God. Eid al-Adha also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the 5th Pillar of Islam.

    Muslim Filipinos comprise about six percent of the population.

    — The Summit Express

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    1. Sana sa May 13 nlang Eid Fitr dito sa Philippines. yey holiday na


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