When is Eid Ul Fitr 2012 in the Philippines?
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When is Eid Ul Fitr 2012 in the Philippines?

What makes this years' Eid ul Fitr more interesting is that it has the chance to fall on Monday, August 20, 2012, which will create a 4-day long weekend from August 18 (Saturday) to August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day). It has also a chance to fall on a Sunday, August 19, which means no long weekend.

In the Philippines, even non-Muslims are excited about Eid ul Fitr. This is because Eid ul Fitr is a regular holiday not in in the Muslim region but throughout the country.

Eid ul Fitr was declared as a regular holiday in the Philippines by virtue of Republic Act 9177 signed on November 13, 2002. It is the celebration of the last day of the 30-day fasting period of Ramadan.

What makes this years' Eid ul Fitr more interesting is that it has the chance to fall on Monday, August 20, 2012, which will create a 4-day long weekend from August 18 (Saturday) to August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day). It has also a chance to fall on a Sunday, August 19, which means no long weekend.

More Filipinos wish Eid ul Fitr 2012 will fall on August 20, 2012 to have a long weekend with their family, their friends, or even just by themselves. They are also hoping that the exact date of holiday will be settled this early in time so that they can plan their holidays better.

However, it has always been hard to pinpoint the actual date of this holiday because Muslims use the Islamic calendar which is a lunar calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar which the rest of the world are using and is a solar calendar. Consulting internet sources will also leave us confused because of the conflicting data they provide.

For example, according to TimeandDate.com, Eidul-Fitar in the Philippines falls on Monday, August 20, 2012. However, this same website says Eidul-Fitar last year 2011 falls on September 1, 2011, which is wrong as we celebrated Eidul Fitr on August 30, 2011. TimeandDate.com is also incorrect in saying that September 11, 2010 is regular holiday because the correct Eid ul Fitr 2010 celebration in the Philippines is on September 10, 2012. With this, we can say that TimeandDate.com is one day late. If we follow this assumption, then Eidul Fitr 2012 must be on August 19, 2012.

Other sources point to August 19 and others point to August 20. According to Wikipedia, as it reads today, Eid ul Fitr is on Saturday, August 18, 2012, which complicates this even more.

According to Republic Act 9177, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos or NCMF is tasked to determine the dates of Islamic holidays. They have not yet issued any information on the matter.

Sources:

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

Republic Act No. 9177

List of Philippine Holidays 2012

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