Prayer, ‘Salo-Salo’ To Highlight Eid’l Fitr In Roxas City
About 70 Muslim families will gather at the mosque in Barangay Tanque here for this year’s Eid’l Fitr.
The feast will start with an early morning prayer that will last for about an hour.
“There will also be a salo-salo (get-together) after the prayer,” said Department of Education (DepEd) Roxas City Division Planning Officer and a Muslim Community bona fide member Norayda Malawi, noting that the day will be also a family day of the local Muslim community.
She added that Ramadan is also a month of giving as she noted that fasting during the period must be complemented with helping fellow Muslims.
“Fasting is not complete if a Muslim can’t give alms to the poor,” she said.
The acts of generosity, charity, sacrifice and empathy to the less fortunate are among the messages of the month-long Ramadan to the Muslims.
In line with the celebration, President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared August 20 as a regular holiday throughout the country to promote cultural understanding and integration and give the entire nation the full opportunity to join the Muslim community in the observance of Eid’l Fitr.
The declaration is embodied in Presidential Proclamation No. 455 issued on August 13.
Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar and usually lasts for 29 or 30 days according to the visual sightings of the crescent moon. (JCM/JSC/AAL-PIA6 Capiz)