The President of the Philippines has recently unveiled the list of official holidays for the year 2024 through Proclamation No. 368. This proclamation plays a pivotal role in the nation’s cultural and socio-economic landscape. By setting clear dates for holidays, it aids businesses in planning their operations, allows families to schedule gatherings, and ensures that the country pays homage to its rich history and traditions. This guide provides a detailed overview of the Philippine National Holidays for 2024, ensuring Filipinos can plan their year accordingly.
Background of the 2024 Philippine National Holidays
The proclamation is rooted in various Republic Acts and traditions that have historically determined the country’s holiday schedule:
- Republic Act (RA) No. 9492: This act, dated 24 July 2007, amended the Administrative Code of 1987 to declare specific days as holidays.
- Chinese New Year: Recognized not just in China but also in the Philippines, the Spring Festival on 10 February 2024 has been declared a special non-working day.
- Black Saturday: On 30 March 2024, this day is observed due to the Holy Week’s significance to the predominantly Catholic Filipino population.
- Islamic Holidays: RA No. 9177 and RA No. 9849 declare specific days for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha, respectively.
Philippine National Holidays 2024:
Philippines Regular Holidays 2024
- January 1: New Year’s Day
- March 28: Maundy Thursday
- March 29: Good Friday
- April 9: Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1: Labor Day
- June 12: Independence Day
- August 26: National Heroes Day (Last Monday of August)
- November 30: Bonifacio Day
- December 25: Christmas Day
- December 30: Rizal Day
Special Non-Working Days
- August 21: Ninoy Aquino Day
- November 1: All Saints’ Day
- December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
- December 31: Last Day of the Year
Additional Special Non-Working Days
- February 10: Chinese New Year
- March 30: Black Saturday
- November 2: All Souls’ Day
- December 24: Christmas Eve
- The exact dates for Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha will be based on the Islamic or lunar calendar. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos will recommend the actual dates.
- The Department of Labor and Employment will release implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
- The Proclamation is effective immediately and will be published for general circulation.
In conclusion, the Philippine National Holidays for 2024 reflect the country’s rich cultural, historical, and religious tapestry. Whether for religious observance, cultural significance, or national remembrance, these dates serve as a reminder of the Philippines’ vibrant heritage.