The Philippines, often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Orient Seas', is not only rich in natural wonders but also in cultural heritage and history, reflected in its numerous holidays and festivities. The blend of indigenous, Spanish, American, and Asian influences have given this country an incredibly varied list of holidays, celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm across the archipelago.

National Holidays

Most national holidays in the Philippines commemorate significant historical events and religious celebrations.

Regular Holidays

  • New Year's Day (January 1st): Filipinos welcome the New Year with grand family gatherings and vibrant fireworks.
  • Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor, April 9th): This holiday honors the bravery of Filipino soldiers during World War II.
  • Maundy Thursday: A movable holiday that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with His disciples.
  • Good Friday: Another movable holiday marking the crucifixion of Jesus.
  • Labor Day (May 1st): A day recognizing the economic and social achievements of workers.
  • Independence Day (June 12th): Celebrating Philippine independence from Spanish rule in 1898.
  • National Heroes Day: A tribute to the country's national heroes.
  • Bonifacio Day (November 30th): Commemorating the birthday of Andres Bonifacio, the founder of the Katipunan.
  • Christmas Day (December 25th): The birth of Jesus is celebrated with one of the longest Christmas seasons in the world.
  • Rizal Day (December 30th): Marking the martyrdom of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

Special Non-Working Days

  • Chinese New Year: The Filipino-Chinese community celebrates the start of the Chinese lunar calendar with lavish festivities.
  • EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary (February 25th): Commemorating the peaceful revolution that led to the end of President Marcos' rule.
  • Black Saturday: Part of the Holy Week observance.
  • Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21st): Honoring the assassination of Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., a pivotal event in Philippine history.
  • All Saints' Day (November 1st) and All Souls' Day (November 2nd): Days for honoring deceased loved ones, when Filipinos visit cemeteries to pay their respects and remember their ancestors