Mark These 2024 Philippine Holidays for Your Long Weekend Plans
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr signed the Proclamation No. 368 last October 11. Proclamation No. 368 declared the following dates as national holidays for next year, 2024. A total of 18 national holidays were recognized by the president, with 10 of them being regular holidays.
With a list of dates secured for the coming year, people are excited to start planning their vacation trips on the expected long weekends. You might want to start marking your calendars and contact your friends and family for a fun get-together on these long weekend schedules.
Different Types of National Holidays
There are two main types of national holidays in the Philippines – regular holidays and special non-working holidays. It is important to know the difference between these two, especially if you’re already in the workforce.
Knowing the difference between these two types of holidays is important if you’re in the workforce because the type of holiday will affect your payroll computation.
Regular 2024 Philippine Holidays
A regular holiday is declared and recognized nationwide. Employees must be paid by their employer regardless of whether they show up at work or not. Some industries offer their employees double pay to work during regular holidays, while others completely do not have business hours open.
These holidays are usually events that have been declared as national holidays for a long period of time already. They are usually dates that dedicated to a very important historical event or person, or perhaps something that is widely celebrated internationally.
Special Non-Working Holidays
On the other hand, a special non-working holiday is not necessarily declared nationwide. These holidays can be declared by different local government units or industries accordingly. Employees may or may not be paid depending on the policy of their respective owner.
Similar to regular holidays, employers also opt to offer double pay to employees who show up to work on special non-working holidays. Some of the awaited special non-working holidays in the country are those relating to the lunar calendar and eves before big holidays.
2024 Philippine Holidays
The president of the Philippines declared a total of 10 regular holidays and 8 special non-working holidays for a total of 18 holidays overall. Most of these dates are similar to those who have been proclaimed during this year, 2023.
Other well-known holidays, such as Islamic holidays, were not included in the list so it is expected that more proclamations declaring national holidays will be made throughout the coming year. Events relating to both the Islamic calendar and lunar calendar are some of the expected additional dates to be declared as national holidays.
2024 Philippine Holidays: Regular Holidays
January 1 (Monday): New Year’s Day
March 28 (Thursday): Maundy Thursday
March 29 (Friday): Good Friday
April 9 (Tuesday): Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan)
May 1 (Wednesday): Labor Day
June 12 (Wednesday): Independence Day
August 26 (Monday): National Heroes’ Day
November 30 (Saturday): Bonifacio Day
December 25 (Wednesday): Christmas Day
December 30 (Monday): Rizal Day
2024 Philippine Holidays: Special Non-Working Holidays
February 10 (Saturday): Chinese New Year
March 30 (Saturday): Black Saturday
August 21 (Wednesday): Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1 (Friday): All Saints’ Day
November 2 (Saturday): All Souls’ Day
December 8 (Sunday): Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
December 24 (Tuesday): Christmas Eve
December 31 (Tuesday): New Year’s Eve
Best Holidays to Plan Vacations on
Long weekend holidays are the best dates to plan trips and get-togethers. Most people opt to file for vacation leaves on regular working days next to holidays ahead in order to maximize their time off work.
If you’re planning to make plans next year, you’ll want to plan much ahead as filing for paid leaves near these dates can be quite a competition at the workplace. It’s also usually hectic at the schedules so you’ll want to finalize your plans soon and make reservations as early as possible.
To help you plan ahead, here are the national holidays that fall on long weekends:
New Year’s: December 29 – January 1 (Friday – Monday)
Holy Week: March 28 – 31 (Thursday – Sunday)
Day of Valor: April 6 – 9 (Saturday – Tuesday)
National Heroes’ Day: August 24-26 (Saturday – Monday)
All Souls’ Day: November 1 – 3 (Friday – Sunday)
New Year’s Eve: December 28 – 31 (Saturday – Tuesday) *You can also opt to file leaves on December 26 and 27 to utilize the Christmas holidays on December 24 and 25 as well. You’ll be getting more than a week off!
Where to Spend your Holidays In
Of course, holidays are declared as holidays for a reason. We are to celebrate these special events in our own ways, regardless of how small or big they may be. Always remember to pay homage to the events that happened on these dates.
Reunite with Your Distant Loved Ones
Most of these plans usually involve out-of-town trips and family gatherings, like All Souls’ Day and Christmas Eve. It is best to make the trip and reunite with you loved ones as you don’t get many opportunities to meet up with your distant family members outside of these dates.
Especially when meeting up with relatives, people just can’t wait to visit their provinces and old homes. You wouldn’t want to miss on a reunion so make your plans as early as possible to ensure that most of your friends and family will be able to make time to meet up.
Go Out with your Friends and Family
If your family or friend group has been eyeing to go on a lengthy trip together, you’ll want to save the long weekend schedule for these. People usually want to go on road trips or fly abroad with their loved ones every once in a while, if given the chance.
Plan your family outing around the long weekend holidays in order to lessen the amount of vacation leaves you’ll have to take. Make sure to plan much further ahead, especially if you have several destination points in your itinerary.
Keep Things Simple
However, you don’t have to do anything grand every time during these days. Especially for the holidays which fall in between regular working days, you won’t really have much time and energy to go out-of-town. You can opt for something simple, like going to mall or establishment nearby.
You can also take this opportunity to do some plans you haven’t been able to fit in your schedule before because of how hectic work can be. Check out some establishments which might have opted to run even during the holidays.
You can also just simply spend some time at home and get your well-deserved rest. Getting a day’s worth of relaxation can help you a lot and your body will definitely thank you for it. Take a break and maybe watch some movies alone or with your family while eating some popcorn.
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