When is the End of Ramadan 2016 Eid’l Fitr
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UPDATE: Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that July 6, 2016 will be declared as a national holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan.
Eidul Fitr is celebrated in the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. This celebration is very important to Filipino Muslims for it ends the month-long fasting and prayer of the Islams which is called Ramadan. Eidul Fitr which is declared as a national public holiday in the Philippines no matter what one’s religion is, is also called as “Wakas ng Ramadan” and “Pagtatapos ng Pag-aayuno”.
The day of the celebration is assigned using the Islamic calendar “Hijra” which is dependent on the lunar calendar. Due to these things, the exact date to celebrate this event is inconsistent. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) takes part in informing the Office of the President on which date on the present it should happen.
Predicting the date of Eid-al-Fitr or End of Ramadan 2016 basing on the Gregorian calendar is impossible. Why? This is simply because the month of Shawwal starts and the month of Ramadan ends after a confirmed sighting of the new moon. Then what makes it impossible? New moon sightings. New moon can be seen earlier or later in some specific locations such as the west and east part of the world. Because of this, different Muslim communities may start the Eid-al-Fitr on different date.
Here in the Philippines, Ramadan officially started last June 6, 2016 and it is expected to end on July 6, 2016 and will solely depend on the sighting of the new moon as mentioned earlier.
Eidul Fitr is a day wherein fasting is forbidden. This is because it is a day of celebration. Filipino Muslims usually practice ritual washing before heading to a community gathering in a mosque. Also, they attend communal prayers and listen to a “khutba” which is also known as a sermon on the first day of the month of Shawwal. These activities are done outside or in large venues like community gymnasiums or sport arenas. Nowadays, a lot of Muslims still travel far from where they are to participate in their activities. In addition, different festivities are organized by some communities on this day. Some of the festivities that are held are communal meals and/or events for children like throwing kiddie parties and sharing the word of Allah.
A Muslim can give zakat al-fitr (a form of charity consisting of a quantity of food given to the poor) if he has not given during Ramadan. A number of Muslims still prepare meals to share, visit relatives and/or friends and give gifts to children. Just like any other event, one could also send someone a card saying, “Eid Mubbarak,” meaning blessed Eid.
Eidul Fitr or End of Ramadan is a reason of celebration and thanks giving to Allah which was originally created by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. It has been a national holiday in the Philippines since 2002 and was the first ever country which is dominated with Christians to do so. The proclamation of the said celebration was made to create peace between the major religions in the country which is the Roman Catholic and the Islams.