With us welcoming the year 2021, many of us are already anticipating what we can expect for the new year. For us, Filipinos, other than celebrating the New Year with great joy and feasting, we hold much expectation on the beginning of a new year because it means a fresh start and new opportunities for us to do better.
But for the working class (us included), the New Year marks a fresh beginning at work, and a new set of vacation leaves that we’ll be planning for once again. It’s probably more meaningful for OFWs who only get to be with their families a few times in a year, but for the rest of us who want to make good use of our days off at work, knowing what the public holidays are for the year could mean more goals to be met and more satisfying experiences to be achieved.
On August 3, Malacañang released the list of regular and special non-working holidays for 2021. The public holidays observed every year are set for the commemoration of a certain event, person, and observance of a religious festivity or belief.
Philippine Public and Special (Non-Working) Holidays in 2021
As you know there are two classifications of holidays in the Philippines. During regular holidays, government agencies and other companies in the private sector suspend work but on a paid basis. If a company decides to continue with work operations, double pay is usually implemented.
On the other hand, on special non-working holidays, the government usually would release a specific percentage that companies must pay to employees who will be reporting to work on that day.
Here is the official list of holidays in the Philippines for 2021:
- January 1 – Friday – New Year’s Day
- April 1 – Thursday – Maundy Thursday
- April 2 – Friday – Good Friday
- April 9 – Friday – Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 – Saturday – Labor Day
- June 12 – Saturday – Araw ng Kalayaan
- August 30 (last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day
- November 30 – Tuesday – Bonifacio Day
- December 25 – Saturday – Christmas Day
- December 30 -Thursday – Rizal Day
Special (Non-Working) Day
- February 12 – Friday – Chinese New Year
- February 25 – Thursday – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary
- April 3 – Black Saturday
- August 21 – Saturday – Ninoy Aquino Day
- November 1 – Monday – All Saints Day
- November 2 – Tuesday – All Souls Day
- December 8 – Wednesday – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
- December 24 – Friday – Christmas Eve
- December 31 – Friday – Last Day of the Year
According to the Palace, the proclamations declaring national holidays for Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be issued subsequently.
The Philippines is among the top vacation spots in the region, where locals and foreigners visit to have a tropical paradise experience. But with time being a limited resource, it’s important that we plan our travels ahead in order to maximize the few days that we get to enjoy with friends, family, and loved ones.
Are you looking forward to the holidays for next year? What are your vacation plans or places you would like to visit soon? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below!