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Eid al-Fitr

Friday will be marked in the country as Eid-al Fitr.

The Islamic festival, also known as the Feast of Breaking the Fast, is one of the most important religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of dawn-to-sunset fasting.

It is forbidden to fast during Eid al-Fitr.

As the Feast of Breaking the Fast starts the date of the observation of new moon, the beginning c varying by location.

Muslims are encouraged to forgive and forget any differences with others during the festival. They also should show happiness, read the takbirat in an open field, say "Eid Mubarak" to other Muslims and pray Fajr in the local Masjid.

Global Wind Day

Another event to be observed on Friday is Global Wind Day, a worldwide event organized by the European Wind Energy Association and Global Wind Energy Council.

The day aims to promote awareness about wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to change the world.

Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using wind turbines to make electrical power, windmills for mechanical power, wind pumps for water pumping or drainage, or sails to propel ships. Wind power, as an alternative to fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation and uses little land, advocates underscore.

Blood Donor Day

Tomorrow will be Blood Donors Day.

The event serves to thank voluntary and unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

It also raises awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.

Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life.

It also supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters.

The Philippine Red Cross has launched the campaign, “Every Blood Donor is a Hero” which focuses on the idea that everyone can become a hero by giving blood.

The event is held on June 14, the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the creator of the ABO blood group system, for which he won the Nobel Prize.

Albinism Awareness

Today is being observed as International Albinism Awareness Day.

People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.

Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth. In almost all types of albinism, both parents must carry the gene for it to be passed on, even if they do not have albinism themselves.

Sewing Machine Day

Today is the day that pays tribute to the sewing machine.

Sewing machines were invented during the first Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed in clothing companies.

Since the invention of the first working sewing machine, generally considered to have been the work of Englishman Thomas Saint in 1790, the sewing machine has greatly improved the efficiency and productivity of the clothing industry. Out of the inventions created during the industrial revolution, the sewing machine had one of the largest impacts in many parts of the world.

Smile Power Day

Exercise the power of a smile.

On Friday, many parts of the world will mark Smile Power Day, an event which provides people with the chance to give everyone they see a huge "I like you" smile! Smiling is something that is understood by everyone despite culture, race, or religion, event advocates said.*

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