MANILA - Malacanang on Monday declared July 6, Wednesday, a nonworking holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the proclamation has already been signed and will be released anytime today.
Eid’l Fitr, which is celebrated for three days, marks the end of the holy month of fasting for Muslims.
Republic Act No. 9177, signed into law in November 2002 during the Arroyo presidency, declares the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Fitr.
However, this day is dependent on the Islamic calendar.
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."
Islam is the second most popular religion in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.