The 2011 Eid'l Fiyr Festival: A Concept Paper

To celebrate Muslim culture and share Ramadan's message of peace and hope. Iftar, The braking of the Fast, as we join former senator Santanina Rasul and the leaders of the Muslim community in this auspicious event, as we celebrate a truly beautiful and remarkable culture.

Eid'l Fitr is a day of peace, it falls on the first day of Shawwal (September 1), in which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. This is the day of celebration, forgiving, giving zakat (alms giving), and strengthening ties with family and friends, 

After the early morning prayer, Muslims usually visit family and friends, give gifts (especially to children), and enjoy a holiday feast together. These activities traditionally continue for three days. In most Muslim countries, the entire 3-day period is an official holiday. Here, Republic Act No. 9177 declared Eid'l Fitr a national Holiday.

Anchored on the vision of forging strong partnership between Muslim abd non-muslims and to project the country as an alternative tourism destination, celebrating the Eid'l Fitr has the potential to contribute to the national economy. The launching of this 3-day Eid'l Fitr Festival which is supported by the Department of Tourism, SM Mall of Asia, the MMDA and the Metro Manila Council (composed of Metro Manila Mayors).

The Festival is envisioned to subsequently become a national tourism activity which hopefully will be part of the economic agenda of the current administration.The 2011 Eid'l Fitr is scheduled to begin on September 2-4, 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

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