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May 25 is declared Feast of Eid'l Fitr

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared May 25 as a regular holiday for the observance of Eid'l Fitr or the culmination of the Fasting of Ramadan, said a report by Philippine News Agency (PNA) Tuesday.
Duterte signed Proclamation No. 944 on Tuesday after the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended to declare the date a national holiday, the report said.

“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of Eid'l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Monday, 25 May 2020, a regular holiday throughout the country,” the proclamation read.

The Feast of Eid al-Fitr is one of the two traditionally celebrated Muslim festivities and gatherings in large congregation for an Eid prayer to express gratitude to Allah for having been able to perform their personal sacrifices. 

During Ramadan, Muslim families usually visit their neighbors and friends to share native delicacies and stories during the month-long Ramadan. But the lockdown prevents them to do so. 

The celebration will only take place for three days, and thereafter everyone will go back to their normal daily business to make up for the missed opportunities during the fasting month where many preferred to stay home to read the Noble Qur’an, and perform other religious obligations. 

"The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid'l Fitr, subject to existing community quarantine and social distancing measures," the proclamation read.

The other important celebration, Eid al-Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice, is celebrated on the 10th day of the last month of the Islamic calendar and commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son to God. Eid al-Adha also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the 5th Pillar of Islam.

To honor country's Islamic heritage, the government in 2002 established Eid'l Fitr as a regular holiday by virtue of Republic Act 9177 and Presidential Proclamation 1083. the report by PNA said.

The first national commemoration of Eid al-Fitr was in December 2002, observed with an Eid prayer and a feast.

The holiday is determined by the use of the lunar-based Islamic calendar through the sighting of the crescent moon in the Islamic month of Shawwal.