Malacañang joins Filipino-Muslim community in celebration of Eid’l Fitr

September 20, 2009 11:20 am 

MANILA, Sept. 20 — Malacañang joins the Filipino-Muslim community in celebrating Monday Eid’l Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Palace has declared tomorrow as a non-working holiday to bring into the national consciousness the religious and cultural significance of the occasion.

In a radio interview over DZRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Spokesperson for Economic Affairs Gary Olivar said the observance of Eid’l Fitr as a religious holiday could hopefully help bring about lasting peace in the entire nation, including in Southern Philippines.

The major mosques in Metro Manila are now preparing for the influx of Islam believers who are expected to start the annual Eid’l Fitr celebration with early morning Sunnah (optional) prayers.

With a majority Christian population, the Philippines has recognized Eid ul-Fitr as a regular holiday through Republic Act No. 9177, which was signed on November 13, 2002. (PNA) LDV/OPS/rsm

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