As 2023 is coming to a close and the holidays are just around the corner, some of us are already planning their vacation days next year. If you’re thinking of pencil-booking it to your calendar, here are the 2024 Philippine Holidays you need to consider.
Official 2024 Philippine Holidays
In Proclamation No. 368, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has identified the regular holidays and special non-working days for the year 2024.
On October 11, Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin stated that the Department of Labor and Employment shall implement the guidelines for the proclamation. This proclamation shall be effective immediately and published in a newspaper of general circulation.
Here are the regular Philippine holidays in 2024:
- Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
- Mar. 28 – Maundy Thursday
- Mar. 29 – Good Friday
- Apr. 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 – Labor Day
- June 12 – Independence Day
- Aug. 26 – National Heroes Day (Last Monday of August)
- Nov. 30 – Bonifacio Day
- Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
- Dec. 30 – Rizal Day
Meanwhile, here are the declared special (non-working) days in 2024:
- Aug. 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day
- Nov. 1 – All Saints’ Day
- Dec. 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
- Dec. 31 – Last Day of the Year
Additionally, there special (non-working) days:
- Feb. 10 – Chinese New Year
- March 30 – Black Saturday
- Nov. 2 – All Souls’ Day
- Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha holidays
For the Islamic holidays for 2024, the proclamation stated that it will be issued once the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos recommended the actual dates Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha holidays will respectively fall to the Office of the President.
“The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient,” it stated.
Why is EDSA People Power Anniversary excluded on the 2024 holiday lineup?
As the Malacanang released the official list of 2024 Philippine holidays, the EDSA People Power Anniversary is notably missing from the roster.
The People Power Revolution that ended in February 25, 1986 is a historical bloodless uprising where millions of Filipinos united to overthrow the dictatorship rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the current president’s father and namesake. This successful unification of the Filipino people has been commemorated since.
In a statement released hours after the announcement of the proclamation, the Malacanang stated that the People Power Revolution Anniversary was excluded on the list “because February 25 falls on a Sunday.” Similarly, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8, also falls on a Sunday next year.
“There is minimal socio-economic impact in declaring this day as a special non-working holiday since it coincides with the rest day for most workers and laborers,” according to the Office of the President’s statement.