2012 Official Philippine Holidays


First post of the year and I'm already thinking of the next holiday. To all Philippine residents, I'm excited to share and remind you of the regular and special holidays for this year -- all 16 of them!

As declared by the office of the president, there will be six long weekends for this year 2012 -- the longest of which is 5 days straight during Holy Week until Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Bravery).
One down, 15 more to look forward to:
  • January 1 (Sunday) :  New Year's Day
  • January 23 (Monday) :  Chinese New Year
  • February 25 (Saturday) :  EDSA Revolution Anniversary (Special holiday for all schools)
  • April 5 (Thursday) :  Maundy Thursday
  • April 6 (Friday) :  Good Friday
  • April 9 (Monday) :  Araw ng Kagitingan
  • May 1 (Tuesday) :  Labor Day
  • June 12 (Tuesday) :  Independence Day
  • August 20 (Monday) : Eid Al Fitr *
  • August 21 (Tuesday) :  Ninoy Aquino Day
  • August 27 (Monday) :  National Heroes Day
  • November 1 (Thursday) :  All Saints Day
  • November 2 (Friday) :  Additional special (non-working) day
  • November 30 (Friday) :  Bonifacio Day
  • December 25 (Tuesday) :  Christmas Day
  • December 30 (Sunday) :  Rizal Day
  • December 31 (Monday) :  Last Day of the Year
Next up is Chinese New Year!!!
As a Filipino-Chinese, I am happy that the government has finally recognized the auspicious celebration of Chinese New Year.  This has been long overdue, in my opinion, considering a big part of the Philippine population is of Chinese decent, and the country has deep-rooted Chinese cultural influence. The first day of the Chinese lunar year of the water Dragon falls on 23rd of January -- now declared special non-working holiday. (Date will change every year depending on the lunar calendar). We plan to bring the kids to Chinatown for the first time this year, so that is something we're really excited about.

Mark your calendars!
Free printable calendar from www.dreamstime.com

Time to plan the next vacation folks! =)

Proclamation No. 295

Thanks to reader Kat, I was reminded of the Muslim special holidays which were not included in the 2012 official list.
I believe dates also vary every year for those special days which are based on the Islamic calendar.  It was declared in previous years that the end of Ramadan (Eid ul-Fitr) and the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid-ul-Adha) are regular holidays as well.
2012 : Ramadan falls sometime in August;  Festival of Sacrifice falls sometime in October.

* Update
Holiday for end of Ramadan - August 20, 2012
4-Day Weekend (Aug. 18 - 21)!!!

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