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Festivals & Events in Philippines

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Holidays in Philippines

The Philippines is a multicultural country with Christian, Muslim and Buddhist holidays alongside secular holidays. The year is welcomed with New Year’s Day on 1 January. As the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, the traditional Catholic holidays of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are celebrated during Lent or in the months of March and April, Araw ng pagkabuhay or Easter Sunday is celebrated 3 days after Good Friday. Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valour, Scouts re-enact the march every 2 years in honour of this day which is also known as Bataan Day, they march up to 10 kilometres, the Bataan Death March was part of the Battle of Bataan which was also part of the Battle of the Philippines. The Bataan Death March was a 60 kilometre march and the people who participated in this march were captured, tortured and murdered. All Saints’ Day is on 1 November and All Souls’ Day is on 2 November. In recognition of Muslim Filipinos, the Islamic festival of Eid-Al-Fitr (known in the Philippines as Hari Raya Puasa), celebrated after Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, is also a bank holiday. This day changes from year to year as it follows the lunar calendar. Chinese New Year is also celebrated by the Chinese community, but the dates vary according to the lunar calendar. Secular holidays are Labour Day (1 May) and Independence Day (12 June). 30 August is declared National Heroes’ Day. Some holidays also commemorate national heroes such as Jose Rizal (30 December) and Andres Bonifacio (30 November) and Ninoy Aquino (21 August). Metro Manila is less crowded during Holy Week as people tend to go to their hometowns to spend the holidays. Holy Week is also considered part of the high season for most beach resorts like Boracay and the most popular resorts are crowded during this time. Due to the cool mountain weather, Baguio is also where many people spend the Holy Week break. Christmas is ubiquitously celebrated on 25 December.

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • Maundy Thursday: varied
  • Good Friday: varied
  • Easter Sunday: varied
  • Araw Ng Kagitingan (Day of Bravery): 9 April
  • Labour Day: 1 May
  • Independence Day: 12 June
  • Ninoy Aquino Day: 21 August
  • National Heroes Day: Last Monday in August
  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November
  • All Souls’ Day: 2 November
  • Eid Ul Fitr (Hari Raya Puasa): varies according to lunar calendar
  • Eid Ul Adha: varies according to lunar calendar
  • Bonifacio Day: 30 November
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Rizal Day: 30 December
  • Last day of the year: 31 December
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