Aquino made the declaration through Proclamation No. 1070 signed last July 6.
The observance seeks to encourage the Filipino nation to join Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of Ramadhan.
Eid al-Fitr, ("festival of breaking of the fast"), also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival or Hari Raya Puasa and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). -Wikipedia
Eid al-Fitr is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, the other being Eidul Adha, which is also a regular holiday in the country.
This year, Eid al-Fitr falls on a Friday, giving Filipinos another long weekend.
Classes are suspended during regular holidays while employees are paid in full even if they do not report for work, and paid in double if they do.