(UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte declared on February 26, 2021 special working days for some holidays that he earlier pronounced as special non-working days.
For the country to recover from the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead," the President said in his proclamation signed Friday.
The following are declared as special working days this year:
All Souls Day - November 2 Christmas Eve - December 24 New Year's Eve - December 31
There used to be a lot of anticipation with the Philippine holidays’ announcement for the new year. It was the time to book travel dates or file vacation leaves. But 2020 saw an enemy that left the whole world reeling in shock, pain, and anxiety.
We all wish we can “cancel 2020,” but the truth is our families will continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 on our livelihood, our children’s education, and our health in 2021.
That is not to say holidays don’t matter. We need breaks — and whatever “break” means to you, then set an appointment with yourself and your family to have one even if it means being at home.
2021 Philippine Holidays
As we wake up on the days below, let us take a few quiet minutes to honor the people and events we commemorate on these dates. Here’s wishing all of us a better 2021.
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2021 Regular Holidays
January 1 – New Year’s Day April 1 – Maundy Thursday April 2 – Good Friday April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan May 1 – Labor Day June 12 – Independence Day August 30 – National Heroes’ Day November 30 – Bonifacio Day December 25 – Christmas Day December 30 – Rizal Day
2021 Special Non-Working Days
February 12 – Chinese New Year February 25 – Edsa People Power Anniversary April 3 – Black Saturday August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day November 1 – All Saints’ Day December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
2021 Special Working Days
November 2 – All Souls’ Day December 24 – Christmas Eve New Year's Eve - December 31
Malacañang will issue separate proclamations for the dates marking the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha.
This story was updated on February 28, 2021 at 9:28 p.m. to reflect the special working days for 2021.