Press Release
August 19, 2012

Legarda Shares in Celebration of Eid'l Fitr

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed solidarity with Filipino Muslims as she enjoined all Filipinos, regardless of religious and spiritual beliefs, to share in the celebration of Eid'l Fitr.

"I wish to extend my greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of Eid'l Fitr. You have once again displayed deep faith and devotion, discipline and obedience as you observed the holy month of Ramadan. The faith, humility, and patience that Eid'l Fitr symbolizes are virtues that we must all have as Filipinos," Legarda said.

"As a feast of great importance to Muslims, the Eid'l Fitr has been a familiar occasion even to a Catholic-dominated nation, and I hope that it goes beyond familiarity as it paves the way for deeper respect and understanding among Filipinos regardless of faith or religious belief," she stressed.

Legarda authored R.A. 9177, or the Eid'l Fitr Law, which decreed that the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar is a national holiday for the observance of Eid'l Fitr. R.A. 9177 further decreed that the tenth day of Zhul Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar is a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the observance of Eid'l Adha.

Eid'l Fitr is celebrated on the sighting of the crescent moon by the billions who follow Islam, including the estimated 4 million Filipino Muslims.

"To our Muslim brothers and sisters, I wish you a joyous and meaningful celebration. And to the non-Muslim Filipinos, I enjoin you to take this occasion more than just another holiday. Let us all share in the celebration of this important occasion, as we witness the spiritual dedication that our Muslim brothers and sisters embody," said Legarda.

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