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Malacañang declares July 6 a holiday in observance of Eid al-Fitr

/ 12:36 PM July 04, 2016
A baby girl sits by herself as Filipino Muslims pray at Rizal Park to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan known as Eid al-Fitr Friday, July 17, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Muslims all over the world mark the celebration of Eid with prayers, festivities and family reunions. AP PHOTO

A baby girl sits by herself as Filipino Muslims pray at Rizal Park to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan known as Eid al-Fitr. AP FILE PHOTO

Malacañang announced on Monday that July 6 will be a non-working holiday in observance of the Eid al-Fitr or the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.

The announcement was made by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a press briefing.

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Abella said that the executive order on the holiday which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte will be released within the day.

Eid al-Fitr is the first day marking the end of the 30-day fasting period during Ramadan.

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Republic Act No. 9177, which was approved by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2002, provide that only the Office of the President can declare the Eid al-Fitr as a regular holiday, upon the recommendation of the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos. JE/rga

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