PRESIDENT of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has declared 20 national holidays for 2024. Anotable omission from the list is the observance of the EDSA Revolution that ousted his father in 1986.
Malacañang said on Friday the President, through Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, signed on October 11 Proclamation 368 declaring next year’s regular holidays and special non-working days.
The regular holidays are New Year’s Day, January 1; Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9; Maundy Thursday, March 28; Good Friday, March 29; Labor Day, May 1; Independence Day, June 12; National Heroes Day, August 26; Bonifacio Day, November 30; Christmas Day, December 25 (Sunday); and Rizal Day, December 30 (Friday).
The dates for Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha have not been announced, but we have shown the most likely dates for your planning convenience.
Proclamation 368 provided the reasons for declaring the holidays next year.
February 10 is a special (non-working) day since Chinese New Year is one of the “most revered and festive events” celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines, it said.
Black Saturday, which falls on March 30, is a special non-working day because Holy Week is “one of the most cherished traditions of the predominantly Catholic people.”
Under Republic Act 9256, August 21 is a national non-working holiday to commemorate the death anniversary of former senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr.
Under RA 10966, December 8 is a special non-working holiday.
November 2 is a special non-working day to “strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day activities, as well as promote domestic tourism.”