Jul 082013
The first day of the holy month of Ramadan is not a holiday, Malacañang said Monday.

In a post on its Twitter account, the Official Gazette said it made the clarification after receiving many queries about whether Tuesday is a holiday because of Ramadan.

“[Regarding] queries: Tomorrow, July 9, 2013, is not a nationwide holiday,” it said.

However, the date of the start of Ramadan varies—July 9 in some countries, July 10 in others.

According to MakkahCalendar.org, the Philippines will be among the countries that should start Ramadan on July 10.

Ramadan is the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, and offer prayers.

The Official Gazette pointed out that Proclamation 495 does not include the start of Ramadan on its list of holidays.

It also noted that separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha. — BM, GMA News

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