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holidays, regular holidays, special holidays,
Filipino love to have an holiday. Want to know when and why the Filipino
day as their holiday? We will have the regular holiday first, we called it
regular holiday that it is automatic a holiday, no need for the president to
declare this day as a public holiday.
Holidays in the Philippines
January 1 is a regular holiday. Known as Bagong Taon or New Year's Day. Celebrates the
first day of the year in Gregorian calendar. It
is widely celebrated in the Philippines.
April 5 (2012) is a regular holiday also known
as Huwebes Santo or Maundy Thursday in English.
It's a movable date. Maundy Thursday is one of
the four holidays that compose the Mahal na Araw
(Spanish: Semana Santa, English: Holy Week).
This holiday commemorates the Last Supper of
Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
April 6 (2012) is a regular Holiday also known
sa Biyernes Santo or Holy Friday. It's a movable
date also. Good Friday is one of the four
holidays that compose the Mahál na Araw. This
holiday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus
April 9 is a regular holiday also known as Day
of Valor/Bataan Day/Corregidor Day. It's a fixed
date. Commemorates the courage of the Filipino
and American soldiers who surrendered to
Japanese forces who occupied the Philippines
during World War II. It used to refer to the
Fall of Bataan as it happened on this day but it
now also includes the Fall of Corregidor. In
2009, Araw ng Kagitingan fell on Maundy Thursday
so it was moved to April 6.
May 1 known as Araw ng Manggagawa or Labor Day.
It's a fixed date also. Celebrates economic and
social achievements of workers. The first Labour
Day celebrations were held in the Philippines on
May 1, 1903 in a mammoth rally in front of
Malacanang Palace staged by the Unión Obrera
Democrática (Democratic Laborer's Union), while
pressing for workers’ economic rights.
June 12 known as Araw ng Kagitingan or
Independence Day. It's a fixed date.
Celebrates the Philippine Declaration of
Independence by Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12,
August 18 (2012) known as Eid'l Fitr or
Pagwawakas ng Ramadam. It's movable date.
Celebrates the end of the fasting month of
Ramadam; also the first day of the month
Shawall in Islamic calendar. It was created by
virtue of Republic Act No. 9177 and signed on 13
November 2002. The law was enacted in deference
to the Filipino Muslim community and to promote
peace among major religions in the Philippines.
TBD (2012) known as Eidul Adha or Pista ng
Pagsasakripisyo. It's a movable date. It is when
Muslims sacrifice a goat, sheep, cow or a camel to
be sent to poor people as a donation and marks
the end of the Hajj for the millions of Muslims
who make the trip to Mecca.
November 30 known as Bonifacio Day or Kaarawan
ni Bonifacio. It's a fixed date. Commemorates
the birth of national hero Andres Bonifacio on
November 30, 1863. Bonifacio is remembered on
his birthday, rather than the date of his death,
10 May 1897, for historical reasons. Unlike
Rizal and other heroes who died at the hands of
foreign persons, Bonifacio was executed by the
Philippine government. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo
ordered his execution, as he was considered an
enemy of the state after the events at the
Tejeros Convention. Often conflated with
National Heroes' Day.
December 25 known as as Araw ng Pasko or
Christmas Day. It's a fixed date. Celebrates the
birth of Jesus Christ. As the majority of
Filipinos are Christians, Christmas in the
Philippines is one of the longest in the world,
stretching from as early as September until the
last week of January. Along with Holy Week, it
is one of the most important holidays of the
December 30 is known as Rizal Day or Araw ng
Kabayanihan ni Dr.Jose Rizal. It's fixed date.
Commemorates the execution of national hero Jose
Rizal by Spanish colonial authorities on
December 30, 1896.