Flash News: President Duterte Proclaims May 13, 2021 Eid’l Fitr 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.

Eid'l Fitr holiday on May 13, 2021.

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.

Based on the recommendations of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), the NCMF is advising the Muslim Filipino communities to observe the following guidelines during Eid’l Fitr celebrations in the local masjids:
1. If possible, celebrate Eid Prayer at home and avoid any social or mass gatherings outside your immediate family.
2. For those planning on attending gatherings in the local masjids, always maintain a distance of at least 1-2 meters, wear facial masks and shields properly, and frequently practice hand hygiene.
3. Perform ablution at home prior to proceeding to the masjid to avoid removal of masks and shields.
4. Ensure that the venue capacity guidelines and local community protocols are followed.
Latest figures from the DOH showed the Philippines registered on May 10 new infection cases at 6,836, bringing the national total to 1,108,826 with 18,562 fatalities after addition of 90.
On a positive note, the country has registered 1,030,357 total of recovered from Covid-19 as 8,193 patients recovered on the same day.
The Philippines has already started immunizing Filipinos from the SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen causing Covid-19, that broke out in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. (EKU) — (✓)


Featured Eid Mubarak greetings credit to Pixabay.

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