MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace has declared May 3, 2022 (Tuesday) as a regular holiday for the observance of Eid’l Fitr or the culmination of the Fasting of Ramadan.
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign a proclamation based on the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
The development on holiday declaration was announced by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Sunday night, May 1.
Earlier, Bangsamoro Darul-Ifta’ Executive Director and Grand Mufti of the Bangsamoro, Sheikh Abu Huraira Udasan, officially announced that the moon has been sighted, signifying that Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) will be tomorrow, May 2, 2022, Monday.
The NCMF has likewise announced the same after the crescent moon has been sighted on Sunday in various locations nationwide.
Eid al-Fitr is traditionally celebrated by families gathering in large congregation for an Eid prayer to express gratitude to Allah for having been able to perform their personal sacrifices.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Muslim community is expected to observe community quarantine protocols and physical distancing measures in celebration of ending a whole month of fasting.
Eid’l Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations. The other one is Eid al-Adha or The Feast of the Sacrifice, 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.
Muslim Filipinos comprise about six percent of the population.
In November 2002, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9177 into law declaring the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Fitr.
According to RA 9177, “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.”
— The Summit Express