Sunday August 19, 2018

June 15 a holiday for Eid'l Fitr

Cebu's Muslim community observe Eid al-Fitr. (File Photo)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte, through Proclamation 514, has declared June 15, Friday, as a regular holiday, in observance of the Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Ramadan).

This was announced by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go in a statement sent to Palace reporters.

"Under Proclamation No. 514 signed today, 6 June 2018, the President declared Friday, 15 June 2018, a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan)," Go said.

Malacañang has yet to release a copy of the proclamation, as of press time.

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

Republic Act 9177, inked by then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2002, declares the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a regular holiday across the country, in observance of Eid'l Fitr.

The law 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.” (SunStar Philippines)