On Sunday night, Malacañang declared May 3, 2022 as a regular holiday across the country to commemorate Eid Al-Fitr or the end of Ramadan. See official proclamation below:
Following the announcement by Bangsamoro Darul-Ifta’, the Islamic religious authority in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), that Eid’l Fitr (the Feast of Breaking the Fast) will be on May 2, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the May 3 holiday in a text message to reporters.
Eid Al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan’s fasting month. The Bangsamoro Darul Ifta’s Grand Mufti declared on Sunday that the commemoration will begin on Monday, May 2.
This is because the moon-sighting teams finally spotted the crescent moon on Sunday, marking the end of Ramadan and the start of Shawwal.
During a traditional moon-sighting ceremony 29 days into Ramadan, Muslim officials establish the day of Eid Al-Fitr. The sighting of a new moon signals the start of Eid Al-Fitr the following day. If the moon cannot be seen, Muslims must fast for another day in order to finish the 30-day period.
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Muslims are supposed to follow community quarantine protocols and physical distancing measures to commemorate the end of a month of fasting.
One of the two most important Islamic holidays is Eid’l Fitr. The other one is Eid al-Adha, or The Feast of Sacrifice, which is observed on the 10th day of the Islamic calendar’s last month and celebrates Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son to God.
Muslim Filipinos comprise around 6% of the population. By virtue of Republic Act 9177 and Presidential Proclamation 1083, passed into law in November 2002 during the Arroyo presidency, the government created Eid’l Fitr as a regular holiday in 2002 to honor the country’s Islamic heritage. – WhatALife!