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Nation observes Eid’l Fitr

President Aquino has declared August 9 a holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long fasting for Muslims or Ramadan, Malacanang announced on Thursday. “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,” Aquino said in Proclamation No. 629. He said the holiday underscores the importance of bringing the religious and cultural significance of Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness and prayers will be performed depending on the result of the moon-sighting activity on August 7. The annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from eating food, drinking liquids, smoking and engaging in sex. Food and drink is served before sunrise and after sunset. Aside from Eid’l Fitr, Filipinos can look forward to two more holidays this month: August 21, the Ninoy Aquino Day; and August 26, the National Heroes Day, which falls every last Monday of August, Malacanang said. Workers who report to work on a regular holiday is entitled to 200 percent pay of his basic wage for the first eight hours, and an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate for overtime. If the holiday falls on the employee’s rest day, he is entitled to an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate.
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