MANILA (SDN), May 10, 2021 — THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 IS EID’L FITR REGULAR HOLIDAY!
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) announced this today, May 10.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared the 13th of May as Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) by virtue of Republic Act 9177, the NCMF Charter.
Duterte’s proclamation followed the recommendation made by NCMF Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan.
Ramadan, the holy month of fasting in the Hijri Islamic calendar, is the period when Muslims perform the fast, a 30-day (or 29-day) abstention from food, drinks, and smoking from sunup to sundown. Fasting started this year on March 13, corresponding to Ramadan 1, 1442.
The President said in Proclamation No. 1142 that “in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fire of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Thursday, 13 May 2021, a regular holiday throughout the country.”
Thus, in observance the Feast of Ramadan, the President “do hereby declare Thursday, 13 May 2021, a regular holiday throughout the country.”
Meanwhile, NCMF Spokesperson Director Dr. Dimapuno Alonto Datu-Ramos said Muslim community led by the Commission across the country will sight the new crescent moon on Tuesday, May 11, to determine the actual end of Ramadan and, therefore, the start of the Eid celebration marked by an early morning congregational prayers.
In a related development, Pangarungan today issued guidelines on the performance of the Eid prayers based government-imposed health protocols to contain the transmission and spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that has been ravaging the world, country after country.
Featured Eid Mubarak greetings credit to Pixabay.