In the five-province, one-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Monday, October 23, is also a holiday.
ARMM Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan declared October 23 a “special non-working holiday in the entire autonomous region in meaningful observance of the Eidl Fitr or the Feast of Fast-Breaking.”
ARMM comprises Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi and the Islamic City of Marawi.
Malacanang’s Proclamation 1155, issued on October 13 this year, was issued based on RA 9177 which declared Eid’l Fitr a regular holiday.
The proclamation acknowledged that Ramadhan “may culminate on October 23 or 24 subject to the sighting of the new moon on October 22.”
“To promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino Nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr,” the proclamation read.
It said “it is necessary” to declare a holiday nationwide “to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness.” (MindaNews)