The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotion Board (TPB) have stepped up support for this year’s Eid’l Fitr celebrations from August 9-11, 2013 at the Atrium/The Block of SM North EDSA and in other areas of the country.
An Art Exhibit scheduled last august 2 at the Podium in Mandaluyong City kick start the Festival with works of world-renowned craftsmen led by Abdulmari Imao and fashion creations by Pitoy Moreno.
Eid’l Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal signaling the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayer. Eid literally means festivity and after a month-long sacrfice, Eid’l Fitr (festival of fast breaking) is looked forward to as period of merriment, sharing and forgiveness.
In 2002, the Eid’l Fitr was recognized as National holiday by the government, making the Philippines the first predominantly Christian country worldwide to have done so.
“The DOT is one with the Muslim brothers and sisters in this year’s celebration of Eid’l Fitr. as in the past, our participation is constant recognition of the close affinity with the Muslim community and deep appreciation of our cultural diversity that lends more beauty to our country. The Eid’l Fitr celebration provides opportunities to showcase te best of Muslim culture and traditions,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said.
Th TPB, as the marketing arm of the DOT, intends to institutionalize annual support to Eid. TPB Chief Operationg Officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III said “Festival support is just one aspect. what is more important is capacitating local government and communities to enhance existing and develop new tourism products.”
Some desserts to look forward to as part of the Eid’l Fitr Festival: