PGMA declares Sept 7
and 21 as non-working holidays
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY Ė Two non-working holidays await the Filipino people
this month of September. The first is on September 7 while the other
is on September 21.
September 7 has been
declared as a National Day of Mourning on the burial of Iglesia ni
Cristo Executive Minister Erano ďKa ErdyĒ Manalo, who died of
cardio-pulmonary arrest on Monday, August 31, 2009.
President Arroyo also
directed that all flags must be flown half-mast on Monday on the
interment of the INC leader whose remains lie in state at the
of the INC at Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
Reports stated that he
will be buried in the tabernacle near the Church groupís Central
Temple while awaiting the completion of the construction of a
mausoleum where his remains will eventually be transferred.
The said mausoleum
will be built near the monument of the late (INC founder) Brother
Felix Manalo, also within the grounds of the Iglesia ni Cristo Central
Complex, the statement read.
On the other hand,
President Arroyo declared September 21 as a non-working holiday in
commemoration of Eidíl Fithr or the end of Ramadan.
This is provided by
law as it is listed as one of the holidays stated in Presidential
The implementation of
RA 9177 was placed under the Office of Muslim Affairs which was tasked
to promulgate rules and regulations pursuant to the provisions of the
The main date for the
celebration of Eid'l Fitr this year has been determined to fall on
In order to bring the
religious and cultural significance of the Eid'l Fitr to the fore of
national consciousness, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo deemed it
necessary to declare
September 21, 2009 as regular holiday throughout the country.
The celebration of
Eid'l Fitr in Islam carries a "distinctive meaning and spirit as
compared to other cultures." According to Islamic website
www.islamonline.net, Muslims normally start each day of the three-day
festival by "taking a bath and wearing their best clothes."
While Muslim families
unite in simple gatherings, it is a prayer that brings them together
"to remember Allah's bounties and celebrate His Glory and Greatness."
The about seven
million Filipino Muslims take the occasion as an opportunity to do
charity and good deeds. The feast is not an occasion to take a
vacation from Islamic responsibilities and commitments or to waste
time and money in extravagance.
It is a chance to
multiply good deeds by bringing happiness and pleasure to the hearts
of other Muslims by helping and supporting the poor and needy, and by
getting involved in pastimes that emphasize the strong and serious
Before the day of Eid,
during the last few days of Ramadan, each Muslim family gives a
determined amount as a donation to the poor. This donation is of
actual food to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and
participate in the celebration. This donation is known as Sadaqah al-Fitr
(charity of fast-breaking).
Eid'l Fitr falls on
the first day of Shawwal, the month that follows Ramadan in the
Islamic calendar. It is a time to give to those in need, and celebrate
with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and