MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte has declared May 25 a regular holiday in observance of Eid‘l Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
“The National Commission of Muslim Filipinos has recommended to declare Monday, May 25, a national holiday in observance of Eid‘l Fitr,” read a copy of the declaration signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Filipino Muslims were called on to observe the holiday with COVID-19 policies in mind, such as physical distancing and wearing of face masks.
“The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, subject to existing community quarantine and social distancing measures," the declaration read.
Eid’l Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mass gatherings such as religious events were banned in parts of the Philippines to avoid the spread of the disease.
Muslims make up around 6 percent of the Philippines' over 100 million population, where 8 in 10 are Catholic, according to government data.