Iligan City, Philippines – Governor Mujiv Hataman declares September 20, 2018 as a regular non-working holiday in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Pursuant to Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 17, said date was declared a holiday in the entire ARMM region to celebrate Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of Muharram 1440 of the Hijrah Calendar.
Ashura marks the day that Moses fasted as gratitude for the liberation of the Israelites. As such, Muslims perform non-obligatory, but highly recommended fasting during Ashura a recommended, to commemorate this day.