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Philippines 2021 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (Manila)
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: February 26, 2021


Earlier today Malacañang released the Proclamation No. 986, s. 2020, signed by Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, and which lists the annual special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the upcoming calendar year 2021.

The aforementioned announcement of the special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2021, comes in at around the same time of the year as in recent past (2018-08-17, 2017-07-19, 2016-08-18, 2015-08-26, 2014-07-23 and 2013-09-30), although, some years, the list of annual public holidays in the Philippines was often released much later (2019-11-16, 2011-12-01, 2010-12-20, and 2009-01-07).

The Proclamation No. 986, s. 2020 includes the Chinese New Year, long promised (2014-01-31, 2011-01-12 and 2011-01-03), and first observed 4 years ago.

The new annual public holiday for the Chinese New Year, which had been promised for many years, is included in the list of special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2020, as was the case 3 years ago for the first time.

For the third year, the list of 2021 public holidays in the Philippines also includes the EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary, which used to be restricted to schools.

As regards, the dates of Muslim public holidays in the Philippines in 2021, the Proclamation 986 states that "The proclamation declaring national holidays for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul 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".



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