Filipino love to have holidays - learn some about our regular and special holidays


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Filipino love to have a holiday. Do you want to know when and why the Filipino have this day as their holiday? We will have the regular holiday first, we called it regular holiday because it is automatic a holiday, no need for the president to declare this day as a public holiday.

Holidays in the Philippines

Regular holidays

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 Christ.

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, 1898.

August 18 (2012) known as Eid'l Fitr or Pagwawakas ng Ramadam. It is a 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 year.

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.


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