Ramadan observance in PH to begin on April 13

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) — The observance of the holy month of Ramadan in the country this year will commence on April 13, the Bangsamoro government announced on Sunday.

Ramadan is the yearly month-long Islamic commemoration of the first revelation to Prophet Mohammad, the founder of Islam, and is one of the religion’s foundations inscribed in their holy book Quran. It is usually observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

During this period, Muslims practice fasting where they refrain from eating or drinking during the day.

This is the second year Muslims in the Philippines will observe the holy month with COVID-19 restrictions in place, as the country continues to log high numbers of new cases and deaths. The latest tally showed nearly 865,000 people nationwide have been infected with the virus and close to 15,000 have died.

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