The Philippine Bank Holidays 2012
The Philippines celebrate various bank holidays throughout the year and like many countries in South East Asia, they celebrate both national and local holidays. The Philippines bank holidays have a further specificity. Indeed, there exists a difference between national, regular and nationwide special holidays. This makes the bank holiday calendar in the Philippines varied and interesting.
The three nationwide special holidays in the Philippines are Ninoy Aquino Day, All Saints Day and Last Day of The Year. Another important fact to remember is that the dates aren’t fixed and invariably change from year to year.
This is simply due to the fact that the dates are calculated according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which by the way is used by most South East Asian Countries. The major festivals in the country are Easter and the Holy Week. The Holy Week is known the world over for its processions. Filipino devotees re-enact Jesus’ suffering by being nailed to a cross.
The Philippines celebrate Christmas like many Christian countries in the world and just as in the United Kingdom for instance, the 26th of December—Boxing Day- is usually a non-working day. This traditional British bank holiday has become part of the Filipino culture.
Below is a list:
Philippine Bank Holidays 2012
- New Year’s Day – January 1 (Sunday)
- Maundy Thursday – April 5
- Good Friday – April 6
- Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Monday)
- Labor Day – May 1 (Tuesday)
- Independence Day – June 12 (Tuesday)
- National Heroes Day – August 27 (Last Monday of August)
- Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Friday)
- Christmas Day – December 25 (Tuesday)
- Rizal Day – December 30 (Sunday)
- B. Special (Non-Working) Days
- Chinese New Year – January 23 (Monday)
- Black Saturday – April 7 (Saturday) as per Proclamation No. 360, s. 2012
- Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Tuesday)
- All Saints Day – November 1 (Thursday)
- Additional special (non-working) day – November 2 (Friday)
- Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Monday)
- EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Saturday)