Monday, August 13, 2012

Eid ul-Fitr: a National Holiday in the Philippines

The Philippines is the only predominantly Christian country in the world that recognizes the Eid ul-Fitr as a national holiday. This is instrumental to the continuous efforts of the Philippine government to promote peace and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the country.


It was only in 2002 when the first Eid ul-Fitr (December 6, 2002) was observed in the Philippines as a national holiday, by virtue of Republic Act No. 9177. This year (2012) marks 10 years of Filipino solidarity when the whole country will once again celebrate Eid ul-Fitr.

On August 20, 2012, let us all (Muslim and non-Muslims) celebrate Eid ul-Fitr in prayer for peace in our nation.

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Proclamation No. 455 was issued today, August 13, 2012, by the Malacañang Palace declaring August 20, 2012 as a national holiday throughout the Philippines in observance of the Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.

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