Eid'l Fitr — August 30, 2011

Eid’l Fitr or Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: ‎عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity,” while Fiṭr means “breaking (the fast).”

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This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community such as empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness, patience and many others.

The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

Eid’l Fitr was originated by Prophet Muhammad and is observed on the first of the month of Shawwal (the 10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar) right after the end of the holy month of Ramadan in which the believers undergo a period of fasting.

In the Philippines, Eid’l Fitr, known to the Christian majority and other non-Muslims as “Wakás ng Ramadán” (“End of Ramadan”) has been recognised by the Filipino Government as a regular holiday by virtue of Republic Act No. 9177, signed into law on November 13, 2002.

The law was enacted in deference to the Filipino Muslim community and to promote peace and harmony among major religions in the Philippines. The first national commemoration of Eid’l Fitr was on December 6, 2002, marked by prayers and celebrations by the Muslim community.

On August 11, 2011, President Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 234, signed by executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., declaring Tuesday, August 30, 2011, as a regular non-working holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr.

To our Muslim brothers and sisters, Happy Eid’l Fitr!

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