July 6, 2016 or July 8, 2016 Eid’l Fitr National Holiday and No Classes in the Philippines?

MANILA, Philippines – Eid’l Fitr also known as “End of Ramadan” or “Pagtatapos ng Pag-aayuno” is a national holiday that commemorates the end of Islamic holy month of fasting. Though Philippines is a Christian country in general, the date has been imposed as national holiday through RA 9177 since 2002 in respect to the country’s Muslim community.

Republic Act (RA) 9177 is an “Act declaring the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic Calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Fitr and the 10th day of Zhuld Hijja, the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar, a regional holiday in the autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for the observance of Eidul Adha”

The celebration depends in the lunar calendar (moon-sighting). The National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) is the commission in charge to inform the Office of the President on which date it will fall.

However, there were confusions as to when is the actual Eid’l Fitr holiday in the Philippines for year 2016. Is it July 6, 2016 or July 8, 2016? Some reliable websites says July 6 while others, July 8.

Update as of July 4, 2016: Malacanang has officially declared July 6, 2016 as a non-working holiday to celebrate Eid’l Fitr. The declaration was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a press briefing Monday, July 4, 2016

Update as of July 3, 2016: Malacanang through Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said in an interview on State-Run Radyo ng Bayan that it is likely that the holiday will be declared on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

As quoted,

“Well, napag-usapan namin iyan ni Executive Secretary (Salvador) Medialdea at ito po ay sa July 6. Pero hintayin na lang po natin ‘yung opisyal na announcement ngayong darating na Lunes or Martes po,” 

Eid’l Fitr was already marked as official holiday by DepEd in the Department Order No. 9 series of 2016 or the “School Calendar for School Year 2015-2016”. Whether it is on Wednesday or Friday, no classes will be imposed at all levels. [Screenshot below courtesy of DepEd]

Soon as the office of the president officially announced the exact date of the holiday, we will inform our readers right away.

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24 comments… add one
  • Anonymous Jul 3, 2016 @ 12:47

    Pls inform us earlier. Better July 8. Tnx

  • Unknown Jul 3, 2016 @ 14:09

    July 8 nalang sana. Same naman affected ang class, eh. Total nasa option naman ang fri, yun nalang.

  • Unknown Jul 3, 2016 @ 18:47

    In other countries, it's either July 5 or 6… it would be better if it falls on July 8 so it's a long weekend.

  • Unknown Jul 4, 2016 @ 0:50

    please consider that it would be better if it falls on Friday July 8.

  • Unknown Jul 4, 2016 @ 1:40

    July 8 please. Because it will no harm and convenient for everyone.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 1:53

    kahit anong araw pa ang importante may holiday.

    • Unknown Jul 4, 2016 @ 4:31

      Big YES

  • Unknown Jul 4, 2016 @ 1:55

    Pls inform ahead. i think its not hard to declare that. and also I know it is plan so i think you ar not not be late to delcare it.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 2:28

    Moving the day of the holiday, will not harm? It harms and confuses the young and it harbors disrespect for history and for the actual date of the holiday. There are events were tradition should prevail over practicality and whim.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 2:45

    gitna kasi masyado kung 6 ei.. kung 8 mas prefer pra maging long weekend pra sa me pamilya.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 2:50

    its convenient on our part if it will fall on a friday BUT then again its the holiday of our muslim brothers and sisters. hindi naman natin pwede diktahan yan kasi moon sighting ang basis nyan. respect nalang natin kung sakaling july 6. ang importante may holiday off tayo. :)

    • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 3:18

      That's true.. Let us not mind our own convenience but give way for our muslims brothers and sisters.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 2:54

    sana po july 8 nlng pr mahaba yung pahinga ng mga employees specially sa mga working moms like me..kc marami p po aqng gagawin s bahay so sana july 8 nlng po talaga.. tnx!!!

  • captainbigboss Jul 4, 2016 @ 3:08

    please inform us earlier…..so that further confusion will be settled right away….ang hirap po kasi kapag tinatanong ka tapos wala kang isasagot kasi inaabangan mo pa yung reliable source at ang update….thanks……

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 3:14

    The day is for our muslims brothers and sisters and not for us. Let us set aside our own convenience for the sake giving respect to what our muslims brother would like to observe. That way, the relationship between filipino muslims and christians will not further stained due to our differences. So respect is a must. If it is really july 06 then so be it.

    • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 3:17

      Erratum, the edited version of this comment is right below it.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 3:20

    Did some of you even read the article? it was based on moon sightings, not on convenience (long weekend). The holiday is in RESPECT for Muslim community (where is you respect then?). Now if you could postpone the sightings of the moon up to night of July 7th, then it should be then celebrated at July 8th.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 4:14

    sana long weekend na lang gawin din special holiday un saturday..please

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 4:30

    Sana sa July 6 nalang kasi matatawag na ko sa recitation sa civil law review.hehe

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 4:42

    Any date's could do. Please advise us early. So we know what to do.

  • Anonymous Jul 4, 2016 @ 5:53

    July 6 has been declared as non-working holiday, proclamation was signed by President Rogrigo Duterte and announced by Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella.

  • Unknown Jul 4, 2016 @ 6:04


  • Anonymous Jul 5, 2016 @ 2:03

    ano po ba basehan bkt may option july6 or july8

  • Islamic Calendar 2020 Mar 16, 2020 @ 7:42

    Ramadan is upon us and Muslims around the world are getting ready for this. However, a problem rises up, on which exact date Ramadan is going to start?

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