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


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Want to know when and why the Filipino have this day as their holiday? Now we have what we called Special Holidays; wherein this Holidays need to be declare by the President first.

Holidays in the Philippines

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Special holidays

January 23 (2012) known as Bagong Taon ng mga Tsina or Chinese New Year, It's a movable date. This holiday commemorates the Chinese's Spring Festival

February 25 known as People Power Revolution Anniversary. It's a fixed date. It has been a special non-working holiday in recent years but hasn't been made for regular yearly basis. It also been declared as a special holiday for only schools, either private and public since 2010. Commemorates the assassination of former Senator Benigno S. "Ninoy" Aquino in 1983. After three years of exile in the United States, Aquino was shot as he disembarked a China Airlines flight at the Manila Interbational Airport which now bears his name. The holiday was created by Republic Act No. 9256 on 25 February 2004, on the 18th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution.

August 21 known as Ninoy Aquino Day or Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino. It's fixed date. The celebration date was changed to the Monday nearest August 21 by Republic Act No. 9492, unless otherwise modified by law, and or proclamation.In 2011, Presidential Proclamation No. 295, s.2011, declared that the celebration date in the year 2012 would be August 21 (a Tuesday).

November 1 is known as Araw ng mga Patay/Araw ng mga Santo or All Saints Y or All Souls Day. It's a fixed date. Also known as Todos los Santos and Undás, this holiday commemorates the saints and the dead. Families return to their respective provinces to clean and repair family tombs and to pay their respects. This day was formerly a regular holiday but was converted into a non-working holiday through an Executive Order issued by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

December 31 is the New Year's Eve. It's a fixed date. Originally a filler holiday
between Rizal Day and New Year's Day. Filipinos spend this night by going to parks and shopping centers to await for the fireworks display , or as an alternative, in the streets and make noise and use firecrackers. Some also spend the night reflecting themselves on the past year and by praying.

And now we have some other holidays:

Constitution Day - a non-working holiday on February 2, 2002, in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the approval of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Black Saturday and Easter Sunday - Like the EDSA Revolution Anniversary, these days are sometimes considered as special non-working holidays by the President. These holidays are in movable dates.

Jose Rizal's birthday - Declared on June 19, 1961 by President Carlos P. Garcia in commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal. It was again declared as an special non-working holiday in June 20, 2011 (Monday) by President President Benigno Aquino 111 for Rizal's 150th birth anniversary requested by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Iglesia ni Kristo Day - In keeping with Republic Act No. 9645, signed into law on June 12, 2009, July 27 was designated as a special national working holiday starting from 2009 and every year thereafter in recognition of the founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines. It is the biggest indigenous Christian church in the Philippines.

National Day of Prayer and Fasting - was declared by President Joseph Estrada as a non-working holiday during the 3rd Saturday of November in 1999 and 2000 as advised by Bro. Mike Velarde, his spriritual adviser.

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