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HOLIDAY: December 8 is Now an Official Non-working Day

Starting 2018, December 8 will be a special non-working holiday in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law entitled: An Act Declaring December 8 of Every Year A Special Nonworking Holiday in the Entire Country to Commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines.

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By Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - [1], Public Domain, Link

The Philippines, a predominantly catholic country has been celebrating major religious festivities such as Christmas and the Lenten season. But it also pays attention to other major religious sector of the Filipino section such as the Muslims and the Chinese. For Muslims, the country celebrates two Islamic festivals: the Eid'l Fitr and the Eid'l Adha. For the Chinese, the country celebrates the Chinese New Year. This new holiday comes amidst recent disagreements between the government and the Catholic religion over governmental policies.



Additional Holiday in 2018

This new Immaculate Conception holiday will add to the current list of non-working holidays in the country making the total number to 21. Here's the full list:

Regular Holidays 

January 1 (Monday) - New Year's Day
March 29 -  Maundy Thursday
March 30 - Good Friday
April 9 (Monday) - Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
May 1 (Tuesday) - Labor Day
June 12 (Tuesday) - Independence Day
August 27 (Last Monday of August) - National Heroes Day
November 30 (Friday) - Bonifacio Day
December 25 (Tuessday) -  Christmas Day
December 30 (Monday) - Rizal Day

Special Non-working Holidays

February 16 (Friday) - Chinese New Year
February 25 (Sunday) - EDSA Revolution Anniversary
March 31 - Black Saturday
August 21 (Tuesday) - Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1 (Thursday) - All Saints Day
November 2 (Friday) - All Souls Day
December 8 (Saturday) - Immaculate Conception Day
December 24 (Monday) - Day before Christmas Day
December 31 (Monday) - Last Day of the Year

Movable Holidays

Eid’l Fitr*
Eidul Adha*

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