Monday, August 6, 2012

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Philippine Holidays and Special Days for 2012

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Christmas Day 2012 is on a Tuesday!
[UPDATE*] It looks like Filipinos will have lots of time to travel especially this August. The Philippine government has already announced that Eid al Fitr or the End of Ramadan will be observed on August 20 (Monday) while Eid al Adha (Monday).  August 21 (Tuesday) is also a holiday in honor of  Ninoy Aquino. That means 4 days (Saturday to Tuesday) free of work and school! In addition, August 27 (Monday) is National Heroes Day. Thus, those planning a weekend getaway on the 25th can stay a little longer in their travel destination.

Note: If you have a Gmail account, you can check this calendar which includes major Philippine Festivals: Rain's Travels Calendar

Expect a long vacation during Lent
and Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9).  
Some may be disappointed though that December 24 (the day before Christmas) is (still) not included in the list of holidays. Let's hope that the Philippine Government changes its mind soon. Take note, too, that one can enjoy a long vacation on the last week of October until the first week of  November. See the schedule below:
Rizal Day (December 30) falls on a Sunday.

January 1(Sunday)              New Year's Day
April 5 (Thursday)               Maundy Thursday
April 6 (Friday)                   Good Friday
April 7 (Saturday)               Black Saturday      
April 9 (Monday)                Araw ng Kagitingan
May 1 (Tuesday)                 Labor Day
June 12 (Tuesday)               Independence Day
August 27 (Monday)           National Heroes Day
November 30 (Friday)        Bonifacio Day
December 25 (Tuesday)     Christmas Day                    
December 30 (Sunday)       Rizal Day

January 23 (Monday)                      Chinese New Year
August 20 (Monday)                     Eid Al Fitr 
August 21 (Tuesday)                    Ninoy Aquino Day
October 26 (Friday)                      Eid Al Adha 
November 1 (Thursday)               All Saints Day     
November 2 (Friday)                      Additional non-working day (All Souls Day)
December 31 (Monday)                  Last day of the year (Preparation for the New Year)

February 25 (Saturday)                   EDSA Revolution Anniversary

And as I always encourage, make sure to explore the beautiful places of the Philippines during the holidays. Let it be our own little way of helping our country!

What do you think of this year's holiday schedule? Where would you most likely travel during the holidays? 

*Originally published on December 1, 2011.

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