President Benigno Aquino 3rd has declared July 29, which falls on a Tuesday, as a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Aquino issued the declaration through Proclamation 826 signed on July 10 by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., in line with Republic Act 9177, which declares Eid’l Fitr as a regular holiday throughout the country.
Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by Muslims for three days after the end of the month of fasting.
“To promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr,” the President said.
“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 Tuesday, 29 July 2014, as a regular holiday throughout the country,” he added.
Ramadan is the month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
This is also a month of sacrifice and purification as Muslims worldwide fast, pray and act with kindness toward the poor and less fortunate.