The Department of Education (DepEd) recently released Department Order (DO) 25, s. 2018, which states the School Calendar for School Year (SY) 2018-2019.
Enclosed in the DO are the calendar of activities for the whole academic year and the Activities and/or Observances Mandated by Law. Further, the department order also includes the implementing guidelines, as well as the school breaks and regular holidays for this academic year.
For June 2018, two regular holidays will be observed – June 12 and June 15.
On June 12, Tuesday, the country will be celebrating its 120th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence (Araw ng Kasarinlan; also known as Araw ng Kalayaan). It is an annual national holiday in the Philippines observed on June 12, commemorating the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. Since 1962, it has been the country’s National Day.
On June 15, Friday, the country will join the Muslim community as they celebrate the conclusion of their monthlong obligatory fasting during the month of Ramadan. Eid’l Fitr (Eid al-Fitr) marks the end of Ramadan. It is usually celebrated for three days and commences with a congregational prayer and giving of alms to the needy (done before the congregational prayer).
The Philippines has been celebrating Eid al-Fitr as a regular holiday since 2002 following a proclamation (Proclamation No. 298) by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to allow the entire nation to celebrate with the Filipino Muslim community.
Although the Malacañang Palace is yet to release a proclamation declaring it a holiday, the DepEd has already included it as one of the regular holidays for this school year. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommends to the Office of the President on which date in the Gregorian calendar it should fall.
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