Malacañang has declared July 6, Wednesday, a non-working holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan.
This was announced by presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella in a news conference in Malacañang on Monday.
“Wednesday, July 6, has been declared a non-working holiday in deference to conclusion of Ramadan,” Abella told reporters.
Eid’l Fitr, which is celebrated for three days, marks the end of the holy month of fasting for Muslims.
Republic Act (RA) 9177, signed into law in November 2002 during the Arroyo presidency, declares the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday in the observance of Eid’l Fitr.
The exact date, however, is dependent on the lunar-based Islamic calendar.
According to RA 9177, “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.”