Philippines Holidays 2013
2013 Holidays of the Philippines
There are many public and special holidays that are celebrated in Philippines. Some of the holidays are celebrated by all the citizens of Philippines while there are those that are observed by people belonging to particular religions.
New Year’s Day: Tuesday, 1st January.
This is the 1st day of the New Year. According to the Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on the 1st of January. Most countries use the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar.
People Power Day: Monday, 25th February.
This day commemorates the People’s power revolution of 1986. The revolution included a series of nonviolence prayerful mass street demonstrations in the country in 1986.
Day of Valor: Tuesday ,9th April
It is known as Araw ng Katingan and is a national holiday which commemorates Bataan’s fall during the Second world war.
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, 28th March.
It is also referred to as Thursday of Mysteries, Holy Thursday, Great & Holy or Covenant Thursday. It is the holy day or Christian festival and falls on the Thursday normally before Easter.
It commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.
Maundy Thursday is the fifth day of the Holy Week and comes after the Holy Wednesday. It is followed by the Good Friday.
Good Friday: Friday, 29th March.
It is also referred to as Great Friday, Black Friday or Holy Friday. It is a religious holiday that is primarily observed by Christians commemorating Jesus’ Crucifixion and his death at Calvary.
Good Friday is observed during the Holy Week on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It among of the Paschal Triduum.
Labor Day: Wednesday, 1st May.
It is also referred to as Labour Day and is a holiday held annually to celebrate the social and economic achievements made by workers.
Independence Day: Wednesday, 12th June.
It is known as Araw ng Kalayaan and is a national holiday held annually to commemorate celebrate the independence of Philippines from Spain, in 12th June, the year 1898.
It is the Philippines national day.
Ninoy Aquino Day: Wednesday ,21st August
This is a national Holiday that is celebrated every year in Philippines. It is a special non-working holiday in reference to the Republic Act 9256.
It commemorates the death of Benigno “Ninoy S. Aquino, Jr. This is a senator who is treated in the country as a hero of democracy.
National Heroes Day: Monday, 26th August.
It is a national Holiday that is observed in honour of the national heroes who fought for the freedom of the country.
It also aims at encouraging the younger generation to have the character of these national heroes.
Eid ul fitr: Friday, 9th August.
It is also referred to as Ed and is a Muslim holiday that is celebrated once the Ramadan is completed.
Eid-al-Adha: Tuesday, 15th October.
It is also referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice or Greater Eid. It is a holiday that is celebrated worldwide by Muslims to remember the willingness of Ibrahim’s to sacrifice his own son, Ishmael to show obedience.
All saints : Saturday, 30th November.
It is also referred to as the Todos Los Santos Day. It is celebrated in honour of the known and unknown saints.
All saints is a Christian formula that invokes all the known or unknown martyrs and faithful saints.