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Is March 11 2024, a holiday?

Is March 11 2024, a holiday?

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs recently shared exciting news for the Muslim community in the Philippines. They announced that the celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan will start on March 11, Monday. This special month is a time for fasting, prayer, reflection, and community for Muslims around the world, including those in the Philippines.

However, it’s important to note that the beginning day of Ramadan is not marked as a public holiday in the Philippines. This means that work and schools will continue as usual on that day. This decision is based on official government documents. Specifically, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation 368 from 2023 does not include the start day of Ramadan as a special non-working holiday. Similarly, Presidential Decree 1083 by the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., which lists recognized legal Muslim holidays in the country, does not mention it either.

While the start of Ramadan may not be a public holiday, it remains a significant and holy period for many Filipinos. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, refraining from eating, drinking, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. It’s a time meant for closer connection to God, personal introspection, and increased devotion and worship.

The announcement from the NCMF serves as a reminder for both Muslims and non-Muslims in the Philippines to recognize and respect the sacredness of Ramadan. It’s an opportunity for everyone to learn more about and appreciate the cultural and religious diversity that exists in the country. While the formal recognition of Ramadan’s start as a public holiday is not present, the spirit of observance and respect for this holy month certainly lives on within the Filipino Muslim community and their fellow Filipinos.

In observance of the commencement of the Holy Month of Ramadhan and upon the recommendation of the King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies (KFCIAAS), Monday, March 11, 2024, is hereby declared as a special non-working holiday in the entire Mindanao State University System.

Tanauan City, Batangas will be celebrating its 23rd foundation anniversary this March 11.

The day has been declared a special non-working holiday in Tanauan City, Batangas as stipulated in President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation 473. The holiday will give those studying and working in the city a three-day weekend because the holiday falls on a Monday this year.