Malacañang will declare May 3 a regular holiday in observance of the Eid‘l Fitr.
MALACAÑANG — On Sunday, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said that the Palace will be declaring Tuesday, May 3, 2022, a regular holiday in observance of the Eid‘l Fitr or the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Eid’l Fitr, a significant occasion in Islam, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), in a letter to the Office of the President dated April 18, recommended that the Eid’l Fitr holiday be set for May 3. The office received it the next day but no declaration was made in the days that followed.
Earlier, the Muslim commission and the Bangsamoro Darul Ifta agreed to recommend May 3 as the date of Eid’l Fitr to be announced as a national holiday, with the 30th day of Ramadan falling on Monday, May 2.
Medialdea said in an advisory sent to the media that the declaration of the May 3 holiday will soon be made. No memorandum was immediately made available as the Muslim community, businesses, schools, and the workforce awaited the announcement.
The advisory came after the Grand Mufti of the Bangsamoro Darul Ifta announced that the celebration of Eid’l Fitr will start on May 2.
[UPDATE] President Rodrigo Duterte issues Proclamation No. 1356 declaring May 3, 2022 a regular holiday throughout the Philippines in observance of Eid’l Fitr.
Grand Mufti Abuhuraira Udasan announced in a virtual briefing the starting date for the event, following the traditional moon-sighting session conducted over the weekend, during which a new moon was seen.
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim urged the public to maintain caution and the minimum public health standards in celebrations. Also, Ebrahim called on those who haven’t yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots, with an upcoming special vaccination in the region.
“Naway manaig ang kapayapaan, pasensya, at pag-intindi natin sa bawat isa. ‘Wag nating hayaan na makasira sa ating pagaayuno ang hindi pagkakapareho ng ating mga pananaw sa usapin ng pulitika,” he said.