Friday, September 18, 2009

September 21 Philippine Non-working Holiday

The Office of Muslim Affairs has determined September 21 as the start of the Muslim Ramadhan. 

Over this, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared the day a regular holiday, to commemorate the Eid'l Fit'r. 

By virtue of Proclamation 1880, the president has propped up Republic Act 9177, which declared the regular observance of the Eid'l Fit'r as a regular holiday all throughout the country. 

The government's Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) has earlier determined the feast of the Ramadhan in accordance with the Islamic lunar calendar. 

The Muslim commemoration of the feast starts September 21, OMA said. 

According to the President, declaring the day also promotes cultural understanding and integration of the entire Filipino nation because it affords Christians the chance to join Muslim brothers in the observance of the feast. 

Moreover, in the proclamation, she said the declaration brings the religious and cultural significance of the Eid'l Fit'r to the fore of national consciousness. 

The proclamation has also lengthened to one more day the weekend, allowing domestic tourists enough time to experience the country's potentials. (PIA)

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