• July 6 declared a holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr

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    MALACAÑANG announced that July 6, Wednesday, is a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan.

    “Wednesday, July 6, has been declared a regular holiday in deference to conclusion of Ramadan,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters in a news conference at the presidential palace on Monday.

    Eid’l Fitr, which is celebrated for three days, marks the end of the month-long fasting of Muslims.

    Republic Act No. 9177, signed into law in Nov. 2002 during the Arroyo presidency, declares the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month in 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.

    The approximate date of Islamic holidays, according to RA 9177, “may be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.” CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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