President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared September 7 and 21, 2009, both Mondays, as non-working public holidays. The declaration, however, has been modified to exclude the electronics industry and the BPO (business process outsourcing) sector following a request by DTI Secretary Peter Favila.
September 7 has been set aside as a national day of mourning for the late Brother Eraño G. Manalo, also known as Ka Erdy, who presided over the Iglesia ni Cristo's remarkable growth as a worldwide religious congregation since 1963. Ka Erdy will be laid to rest September 7, Monday, at the Tabernacle inside the INC Central Complex in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
September 21 is in observance of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
This article tells us what Eid-al-Fitr is:
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a strict fast and participate in pious activities such as charitable giving and peace-making. It is a time of intense spiritual renewal for those who observe it. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking).and how it is celebrated.
More on this story in this GMA News flash report by Tina Panganiban-Perez: