By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
President Duterte has declared Monday, June 26, 2017 a national holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr.
In his Proclamation No. 235 signed June 16, 2017, Duterte urged the public to join the Filipino Muslims in peace in celebration of the said occasion.
“The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr,” Duterte said.
Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three days after the end of the month of fasting.
“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Monday, 26 June 2017, as a regular holiday throughout the country,” Duterte said.
Eid’l Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide as it marks the end of Ramadan or the Islamic holy month of fasting.
In the country, Eid’l Fitr has been recognized by the Philippine government as a regular holiday by virtue of Republic Act No. 9177, also according to Presidential Proclamation No. 1083 signed into law on November 13, 2002.
Some Filipino Muslims celebrate and observe Eid’l Fitr at the Manila Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila while Muslim communities in Mindanao stage large public celebrations.