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Perhaps, you are wondering why the Philippines has many holidays.

Most of them are regular holidays, which mean non-working holidays all over the Philippines and have fixed dates. There are holidays also which are specials which mean they are flexible and can also be declared by the President.

Some holidays are dedicated for the patriotism of the heroes, cultural, and religious events. There are also holidays in every region, town, or city in the Philippines. Most of these holidays are used to celebrate for the foundation of the city, the history behind it, or some special occasions like festivals and the like.

The following holidays are the regular and special holidays which are very known in the country. This is based in the year 2018 Holidays.

 

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Date: January 1
Holiday Name: New Year’s Day
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: First day and date of the year. The people celebrate with their families and relatives. Some people pray and some are using fireworks to welcome such day.

 

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Date: February 16
Holiday Name: Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day
Type: Special Non-working Holiday
Transferability: Movable
Description: Since the Philippines has many Chinese people, the country declared it as a special holiday for all the Filipino-Chinese people all over the country to celebrate this day.

 

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Date: February 25
Holiday Name: People Power Anniversary
Type: Special Holiday for all schools
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is to commemorate the revolution to restore the democracy of the Philippines.

 

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Date: March 29
Holiday Name: Maundy Thursday
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Movable
Description: The Philippines is the only Christian country in South-East Asia and approximately 83% of them are Roman Catholics. This holiday is to commemorate the last supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples.

 

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Date: March 30
Holiday Name: Good Friday
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Movable
Description: This holiday is to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross and his death at Calvary to save the sins of the world.

 

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Date: March 31
Holiday Name: Black Saturday
Type: Special Non-working Holiday
Transferability: Movable
Description: This holiday is to commemorate the day that Jesus’ body lay in the tomb.

 

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Date: April 1
Holiday Name: Easter Sunday
Type: Observance
Transferability: Movable
Description: This is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death.

 

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Date: April 9
Holiday Name: The Day of Valor
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This to commemorate the greatness of Filipino fighters during World War II.

 

 

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Date: May 1
Holiday Name: Labor Day
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This to celebrate the day for all the workers of the entire country and to give them a break.

 

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Date: June 12
Holiday Name: Independence Day
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This holiday is to commemorate the independence of the Philippines from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898.

 

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Date: June 15
Holiday Name: Eidul-Fitar
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Movable
Description: The 2nd largest religion of the Philippines is the Islam. It’s about 6% of the population is Muslim. This holiday is a mark of the end of Ramadan which is a month of fasting and prayer.

 

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Date: August 21
Holiday Name: Ninoy Aquino Day
Type: Special Non-working Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is to commemorate the assassination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. under the time of President Ferdinand Marcos. After his death, his wife Corazon Aquino became a president. They treated as the heroes of democracy of the country.

 

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Date: August 22
Holiday Name: Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Movable
Description: It is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son.

 

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Date: August 27
Holiday Name: National Heroes Day
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is to commemorate the sacrifices of all the heroes of the country and the anniversary of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the beginning of the Philippine Revolution by the Katipunan and its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio in 1896.

 

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Date: November 1
Holiday Name: All Saints’ Day
Type: Special Non-working Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is to celebrate the day of all Christian saints especially the Roman Catholic church.

 

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Date: November 2
Holiday Name: All Souls’ Day
Type: Observance
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This day is the of almsgiving and prayers for the dead. According to the Roman Catholic teaching, this is to give time to pray for all the souls in purgatory to be in heaven.

 

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Date: November 30
Holiday Name: Bonifacio Day
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is to celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest heroes of the country, Andres Bonifacio. He is the father of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonization. This is related to the Independence day which is mentioned above.

 

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Date: December 8
Holiday Name: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Type: Special Non-working Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This holiday is to celebrate and do some church services in honor of the Virgin Mary who is the mother of Jesus Christ and was conceived without original sin according to Roman Catholic and some Christians.

 

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Date: December 24
Holiday Name: Christmas Eve
Type: Special Non-working Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is the day before Christmas Day. Most of the Filipinos are preparing some food and go to the last mass of “Simbang Gabi” at the church which is the last day of 9-day masses.

 

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Date: December 25
Holiday Name: Christmas Day
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is to celebrate the birth of Jesus according to the Roman Catholic doctrines. This day is full of joy, prayers, and giving of gifts.

 

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Date: December 30
Holiday Name: Rizal Day
Type: Regular Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This holiday is to commemorate the life and works of the most famous hero in the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. It is the date when he was executed at Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park). He is also considered as the national hero of the country.

 

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Date: December 31
Holiday Name: New Year’s Eve
Type: Special Non-working Holiday
Transferability: Fixed
Description: This is the day before New Year’s day. Most of the Filipinos are so busy to prepare some food, joyful music, funny games, and religious activities with their loved ones.

 

Now, the questions on your mind are now answered from above information about holidays in the Philippines. The country is very historical and the people who live here are religious. These are some of the reasons why there are many things to commemorate with especially all the heroes who offered their lives just to give freedom to the Filipinos.

 

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