Duterte declares May 13 Eid'l Fitr holiday

President Rodrigo Duterte declared May 13, Thursday, as a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr, or the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Monday, May 10, on behalf of the President Proclamation No. 1142, affirming the exact date of the Eid'l Fitr celebration as a regular holiday.

The Palace follows the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos in setting the final dates of these holidays.

On Tuesday evening, May 11, the NCMF announced that no new moon was sighted, which meant Eid'l Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13, consistent with the holiday declaration.

The date of Eid'l Fitr changes every year depending on the sighting of the new moon in the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. If the new moon was sighted in the Philippines on Tuesday, Eid'l Fitr would have been celebrated earlier.

The feast is traditionally celebrated for 3 days.

Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr to thank Allah for the fruitful fasting month of Ramadan, and to remind themselves of the lessons of fasting: obedience to God and compassion for the poor and hungry. – Rappler.com