Monday, August 20, a regular holiday PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 August 2012 14:21

President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III has signed Proclamation No. 455 declaring Monday, August 20, 2012, a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid-ul-Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan), according to Dennison M. Abidin, acting director of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos here.

Director Abidin said that Republic Act. 9177 declared Eid-ul-Fitr as one of the Muslim holidays in the country. The Feast of Ramadhan is celebrated by the Muslim World for three days after the end of the month of fasting and by declaring it a holiday so that the entire Filipino nation will have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in observing and celebrating the said event.

It is necessary to declare Monday August 20 a holiday in order to bring religious and cultural significance of the Eid-ul-Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, Director Abidin stressed.

Moreover, the day of Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer depends upon the sighting of the new moon and to be declared by the Grand Mufti in coordination with the Ulama.