August 9, 2013 holiday in the Philippines declared for Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan)

Friday, August 9, 2013 is declared as a regular holiday in the Philippines for Eid'l Fitr or Feast of Ramadhan. It has been officially declared under Republic Act No. 9177, Proclamation No. 629, s. 2013.
WHEREAS, to promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr; and

WHEREAS, 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 Friday, 9 August 2013, as a regular holiday throughout the country.
Since this declaration for this year's observance of Eid'l Fitr falls on Friday, Filipinos will be expecting a long weekend in the first week of August.
Ending of Ramadhan takes sighting of the moon, which shall be done on August 7 (Wed), Philippines. In most cases, the country follows the verdict from Saudi Arabia.

As per Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA):
Eid ul-Fitr 1434 AH: The Astronomical New Moon is on August 6, 2013 (Tuesday) at 21:51 Universal Time. (12:51 a.m. on August 7, Makkah time). On Tuesday, August 6, sunset at Makkah is 6:57 p.m. and moonset is 6:29 p.m. Moon is born after sunset in Makkah and moon sets before sunset. On Wednesday, August 7, sunset at Makkah is 6:56 p.m. and moonset is at 7:07 p.m. Moon is born before sunset, while moonset is after sunset. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid ul-Fitr is Thursday, August 8, insha'Allah.
For your information and guidance. (Source: Official Gazette if the Republic of the Philippines /

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