President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared Monday, September 7 a non-working holiday nationwide to mark the burial of deceased Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eraño G. Manalo. Mrs. Arroyo designated Monday as a national day of mourning on Mr. Manalo’s burial thus all flags will be flown at half mast. President Arroyo earlier described Mr. Manalo as someone who spreads the message of hope. She also said she hoped Mr. Manalo’s son, Eduardo, “would be properly guided by the Almighty Lord in his new responsibility.” The INC, known for voting as a bloc during elections, supported Mrs. Arroyo’s candidacy in the 2004 polls. Earlier, Mrs. Arroyo declared July 27 as INC Day in recognition of the founding anniversary of one of the country’s largest religious bloc. The group traces its beginnings in 1914 in Punta, Sta. Ana, inspired by the preaching of Felix Manalo whom the INC recognizes as God’s messenger. (Source: Business World Online)
Mrs. Arroyo also declared September 21 as non-working holiday to mark Eid ’L Fitr as provided by law. Eid ‘L Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “to break the fast” (and can also mean “nature”, from the word “fitrah”); and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated starting on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. (Source: Wikipedia)
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