Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1142, May 3, 2021 (Thursday) has been declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as regular holiday in the Philippines in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan).

President Duterte declares May 13 as a regular holiday to “bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness.”

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Muslim community all over the country has been reminded to strictly observe minimum safety health protocols such as observing physical distancing, wearing a mask/face shield while in public places, etc. in light of the proclamation signed by the President on Monday, May 10, 2021.

“The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures,” the proclamation read.

This year’s holiday declaration on the Feast of Ramadan which was set on Thursday was made upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Thursday, 13 May 2021, a regular holiday throughout the country,” the proclamation read.

Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting and the date of the holiday varies every year depending on the Islamic calendar.