PALACE  DECLARES  NOV. 4 HOLIDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF EID'L FITR

MANILA, October 19, 2005
 (STAR) Malacañang has declared Friday, Nov. 4, as a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr, the Muslim celebration marking the end of the month-long fasting or Ramadhan.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Wedneday Proclamation No. 933 is meant to promote cultural understanding and integration and allow the "entire Filipino nation to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration" of the Muslim feast.

"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, November 4, 2005 as a regular holiday throughout the country," the proclamation said.

The Palace had earlier declared Oct. 31, a Monday sandwiched between Sunday and Nov. 1 (All Saint’s Day) as holiday, completing the long weekend holidays starting Oct. 29, Saturday.

Employes go back to work Nov. 2 and 3 which are regular working days, before enjoying another long weekend starting Friday, Nov. 4, up to Sunday, Nov. 6.

In defending the government’s holiday economics, Ermita said longer weekends promote domestic tourism and enable employers to plan their work schedules effectively and efficiently, resulting in improved activity.

Malacañang had earlier declared Dec. 26 as a non-working day, and Nov. 28, a non-working holiday in lieu of Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day, which will be a working day.


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