Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said that the palace may declare July 6, a national holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr.
Eid’l Fitr is a muslim holiday that marks as the end of Ramadan. It is one of the two Eids which signifies the completion of 30-day fasting while the other which is the Eid al-Adha as celebrating the culmination of the Hajj.
Based on R.A. 9177, only the Office of the President can announce the final date for the Eid’l Fitr upon the recommendation of the Ntional Commission on Muslim Filipinos. It is according to the 1977 Presidential Decree 1083, Article 169 that Eid’l Fitr is recogized as one of the legal Muslim holidays, as well as stated in Republic Act 9177 or the Eid’ul Fitr Holiday Law approved by former President Gloria Macapagal arroyo declares it a regular holiday across the country.
Most muslims around the world this year will celebrate the Eid’l-Fitr festival on Wednesday, July 6, to commemorate the end of Ramadan 2016.
Eid’l Fitr in Arabic literally means ‘festival of breaking the fast’.
Eid is expected to celebrate on July 6, Wednesday, but as per Muslim tradition, it can only confirmed based on the sightings of the moon on Monday, July 4.
If the moon is seen on Monday, the lunar month of Ramadan will have ended after 29 days and Eid’l Fitr will be on July 5, but if the moon is not seen, Ramadan will be assumed to have lasted 30 days and the start of Eid will be celebrated on July 6.
Public holidays have been also officially announced so far in some countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bangladesh, Oman, Pakistan and Turkey.