Source: Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA)
Undersecretary, Datu Ali B. Sangki, the Executive Director of the Philippines Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA), has recommended to President Arroyo that the date of the upcoming Eid'l Fitr (End of Ramadan) national public holiday be declared as Monday, September 21, 2009.
The list of official public holidays, in the Philippines, for 2009, was announced by Philippines President Gloria Macapal-Arroyo (PGMA) in early January (07-Jan-2009), but that list, although it did list September 21 as the tentative date of the End of Ramadan public holiday, did point out that the date was subject to last-minute confirmation.
At that time, the announced tentative date of September 21, 2009, seemed likely, being, as per frequent past history, one day later than that of Saudi Arabia. However, a few months later (05-Apr-2009), President Arroyo extended the scope and duration of the Feast Of Sacrifice (Eid al Adha) public holidays, using the dates of Saudi Arabia. Indeed, it was reported that President Arroyo made the declaration after consulting with the Saudi Arabian embassy, represented by Ambassador Mohammad Ameen Wali, thus leading some to surmise that the date of the End of Ramadan public holiday would also be matched to that of Saudi Arabia, Sunday, September 21, 2009.
As per today's announcement, this will not be the case for 2009. As far as 2010 is concerned, Proclamation 1841 (22-Jul-2009), declaring 10 regular public holidays, four special non-working public holidays and one special public holiday for the calendar year 2010, did not specify dates for the Eid'l Fitr and Eid'l Adha Muslim holidays.
The End of Ramadan Muslim festival was declared a one-off special non-working public holiday in the Philippines in 2001 (05-Nov-2001) and was made into an annual public holiday the following year (23-Jan-2002).
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