Manila, Philippines – The Malacañang Palace has declared May 13, 2021 as the exact date of Eid’l Fitr or “Feast of Ramadan” for the year 2021.
The declaration has made through Proclamation No. 1142 entitled, “Declaring Thursday, 13 May 2021, a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan).
Eid’l Fitr is a yearly national holiday to pay respects to our Muslim brothers with their celebration for the end of holy month of fasting. It is also referred as “Pagtatapos ng Pag-aayuno”.
The declaration of Eid’l Fitr are checked through moon-sighting (lunar calendar). The National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) is tasks to inform the Office of the President on the exact date of the event.
About 7% or 7,913,542 of the total in the Philippines are Muslims. In 2002, the Philippine government established the Eid al-Fitr as a Regular Holiday by the Virtue of Republic Act of 9177 or an “Act declaring the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic Calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Fitr and the 10th day of Zhuld Hijja, the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar, a regional holiday in the autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for the observance of Eidul Adha” and a Presidential Proclamation 1083 to honor the Islamic Heritage in the Country and signed into Law by the President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in November 2002.
Celebration of Eid’l Fitr during pandemic
Since the rest of the country is under community quarantine qualifications due to COVID-19 pandemic, our Muslim brothers are expected to observe proper health and safety protocols with their celebration of this very important occasion.
To quote from the proclamation,
Whereas, in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Thursday, 13 May 2021, a regular holiday throughout the country.
During Eid’l Fitr holiday, the Muslim families come together to show thanks to Allah for the courage He gave them to practice self control.
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