President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Tuesday, May 3, a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l or the Muslim festival of breaking the fast.

Duterte signed Proclamation No. 1356 on May 1, where he said “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 public health measures of the national government.”

“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Tuesday, 3 May 2021, a regular holiday throughout the country,” the proclamation read.

Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by Muslims for three days after the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

About six percent of the Philippine population is Muslim.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk for 30 days, with the exception of early meals known as suhur and evening meals called iftar. John Ezekiel J. Hirro