President Rodrigo Duterte has declared June 5 a holiday in observance of the Eid‘l Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. A copy of the declaration signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea stated, “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 Wednesday, 05 June 2019, a regular holiday throughout the country”
Proclamation No. was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Wednesday, May 29, on behalf of the President
The Palace cited that Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world three days after the monthlong Ramadan fasting. The two Islamic celebrations of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha have previously been declared holidays when the Duterte signed Proclamation No. 555 listing the regular holidays for 2019 in August last year. However, only estimated dates were set for the two events in the presidential order.
The Palace follows the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos in setting the final dates of these holidays. Eid’l Adha this year is tentatively set for August 11, a Sunday.
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