2013 EIDUL ADHA AND EID AL-FITR IN THE PHILIPPINES
Eidul Fitr is is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. One of the important celebrations for our dear Filipino Muslims. It marks the end of the month-long fasting and prayer during Ramadan. Also known as “Eid al-Fitr, Eid-al-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr or just, Eid”, “End of Ramadan” and “Pagtatapos ng Pag-aayuno” which is a national public holiday for everyone in the Philippines. Basically, this is a month where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. During these times they are not allowed to eat and not even allowed to drink anything while it is still daytime out.
Filipino Muslims follow ritual washing before heading to a community gathering and most of the time offer special prayers to Allah. After the community gathering, families opt to celebrate with a feast with their family and friends.
One of the best ways for you to celebrate Eid would be for you to make sure you wear new clothes. New clothes represent purification. Seeing as how you would have just completed a month of fasting, the new clothes are appropriate. There should also be special prayer ceremonies in nearby mosques you can take part in.
Great ways to celebrate Eidul Fitr is by wearing new clothes which represents purification. Being part of special gathering or prayer ceremonies at the mosques nearby is also encouraged.
The tentative dates will be August 9, 2013 (Friday) for Eid’l Fitr and October 15, 2013 (Tuesday) for Eidul Adha or also called the Feast of the Sacrifice.
Every year the president makes an official announcement or proclamation regarding public holidays in the Philippines for the following year. As soon as 2014 public holidays becomes available you will be able to find the other details here.