Monday, September 6, 2010

September 10, 2010 is a legal holiday in RP

Students and most office workers should expect a long weekend ahead as September 10, 2010, Friday, has been declared as a regular legal holiday for the entire Philippines in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan), as per Republic Act No. 9177.

Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiáš­r means "to purify"; and so the holiday symbolizes the purification after completing the fasting month which is after the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.

However, call center employees like me are expected to report to work. The good thing about this is that those who will report to work on this day will be compensated with an additional one hundred percent (100%) of their daily rates.

Although the majority of the population of the Philippines are Christians, the country has recognized Eid ul-Fitr as a regular holiday by virtue of Republic Act No. 9177 which was signed on November 13, 2002. The law was enacted in deference to the Muslim-Filipino community and to promote peace among major religions in the Philippines .

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