SC: No work in all courts nationwide on May 25

The Supreme Court on Wednesday announced that there will be no work in all courts nationwide on May 25 in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).

“In view of Proclamation No. 944, declaring May 25, 2020 as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan), there will be no work in all courts nationwide,” the SC said.

Under Proclamation No. 944, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared May 25 as a regular holiday for the observance of Eid’l Fitr or the culmination of the Fasting of Ramadan.

Duterte recently signed Proclamation No. 944 after the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended to declare the date a national holiday.

“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Monday, 25 May 2020, a regular holiday throughout the country,” the proclamation read.

Eid al-Fitr is traditionally celebrated by families gathering in large congregation for an Eid prayer to express gratitude to Allah for having been able to perform their personal sacrifices.

Amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the proclamation also reminded the Muslim community to observe community quarantine and safe physical distancing measures.

“The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, subject to existing community quarantine and social distancing measures,” it read.

Mindanao, home to majority of Muslim Filipinos, is currently under a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ).#

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