(SPOT.ph) In less than 24 hours, the working class turned from hopeful to relieved. This was after Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella confirmed in a press briefing on Monday morning, July 4, that July 6, 2016 has been declared a non-working holiday in observance of the end of the Ramadan. “Let us wait for the official announcement this Monday or Tuesday," Communications Sec. Martin Andanar said on state-run radio dzRB on July 3. And, indeed, the official announcement from President Rodrigo Duterte came.
The end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr or "Feast of Breaking the Fast," is a joyous occasion for our Muslim brothers and sisters. It is similar to Christmas day for Christians and is celebrated by serving sweet treats. The date of the holiday is determined by a confirmed sighting of the new moon after a month of fasting.
Republic Act 9177, which was signed into law by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2002, declares the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday. "The approximate date of these Islamic holidays may be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient," it clarifies.
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