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October 12, Eid'l Fitr, is regular holiday

Tacloban City (October 3) -- In observance of Eid'l Fitr or Feast of Ramadhan, October 12, Friday, has been declared as a regular holiday through Presidential Proclamation 1397 issued on October 1, 2007.

Eid'l Fitr which is celebrated by the Muslim World for three days after the end of the month of fasting has been declared as a regular holiday throughout the country pursuant to Republic Act 9177.

The implementation of RA 9177 was placed under the Office of Muslim Affairs which was tasked to promulgate rules and regulations pursuant to the provisions of the said Act.

For this year, the month of Ramadhan may culminate on October 12 or 13, 2007 subject to the sighting of the new moon on October 11, 2007.

According to OMA, the main date for the celebration of Eid'l Fitr this year has been determined to fall on Friday, October 12.

In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid'l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo deemed it necessary to declare Friday, October 12, 2007 as regular holiday throughout the country.

The celebration of Eid'l Fitr in Islam carries a "distinctive meaning and spirit as compared to other cultures." According to Islamic website, Muslims normally start each day of the three-day festival by "taking a bath and wearing their best clothes."

While Muslim families unite in simple gatherings, it is a prayer that brings them together "to remember Allah's bounties and celebrate His Glory and Greatness."

The about seven million Filipino Muslims take the occasion as an opportunity to do charity and good deeds.

The feast is not an occasion to take a vacation from Islamic responsibilities and commitments or to waste time and money in extravagance.

It is a chance to multiply good deeds by bringing happiness and pleasure to the hearts of other Muslims by helping and supporting the poor and needy, and by getting involved in pastimes that emphasize the strong and serious Islamic character.

Before the day of Eid, during the last few days of Ramadan, each Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor. This donation is of actual food to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the celebration. This donation is known as Sadaqah al-Fitr (charity of fast-breaking).

Eid'l Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month that follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. It is a time to give to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy. (PIA 8) [top]

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