Muslims mark Eid'l Fitr

09/11/2010 - MUSLIM residents in Metro Manila trooped to Quirino Grandstand Friday in celebration of the Islam's Eid'l Fit'r, the end of their month-long fasting during the Ramadan period.

Amid gloomy weather, they occupied the open space facing the grandstand as early as 4 a.m. to pray and observe the occasion with their families and friends.

Some of them went home and celebrate the festivity in private, while others opted to stay in the area to dine after their 5 a.m. prayer call.

Sun.Star spotted several Muslims having picnic while some had fun by playing kites.

Some gathered at Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila before dawn for the celebration.

Eid'l Fit'r is among the most important holidays of the Muslims communities. It is much like Christmas for Christians.

President Benigno Aquino III honored the celebration by declaring the day a national holiday through Proclamation 26, citing the event would promote cultural understanding and integration among Filipinos.

On Monday, September 13, Aquino will host a dinner with Muslim representatives around country (Sun Star)

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