One of the most important celebrations for Muslims, not just in the Philippines but around the world, is the holy month of Ramadhan, where they take their sacrificial month-long fasting.
During Ramadhan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic (or Hijrah) calendar, Muslims perform fasting and other Islamic rites to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. They should also refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Spiritual rewards for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan.
Since Islamic calendar is a lunar one, the first day of Ramadhan immediately falls after the sighting of astronomical new moon.
This year, Ramadhan is estimated to be starting from May 27, 2017 and ending on June 25, 2017.
Will first day of Ramadhan be declared a holiday in the Philippines? In the past years, the first day is usually declared a special non-working holiday in some parts of the Philippines, particulary in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).