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Philippines 2021 Holidays, Long Weekends, and Top Festivals

Philippines 2021 Holidays, Long Weekends, and Top Festivals

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Plan your next getaways with this comprehensive list and infographics of all the regular holidays, special non-working days, long weekends, and main festivals/events in the Philippines for 2021.

Take notes, schedule your vacations with family and friends, and plan your tours around the Philippines. You can schedule your trip around the major Philippine festivals and events as well for the ultimate cultural experience. 

2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

2021 Holidays and Special Non-Working Days in the Philippines

  • December 30, 2020, Wednesday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 1, 2021, Friday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

  • February 12, 2021, Saturday - Chinese New Year (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • February 25, 2021, Thursday - Edsa Revolution Anniversary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • April 1, 2021, Thursday - Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)

  • April 2, 2021, Friday - Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

  • April 3, 2021, Saturday - Black Saturday (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • April 4, 2021, Sunday - Easter Sunday 

  • April 9, 2021, Friday - Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)

  • May 1, 2021, Saturday - Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

  • May 13, 2021, Thursday - Eid’l Fitr (Regular Holiday - To be confirmed)

  • June 12, 2021, Saturday - Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

  • July 20, 2021, Tuesday - Eidul Adha (Regular Holiday - To be confirmed)

  • August 21, 2021, Saturday - Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • August 30, 2021, Monday - National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

  • November 1, 2021, Monday - All Saints Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 30, 2021, Tuesday - Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 8, 2021, Wednesday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • December 25, 2021, Saturday - Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 30, 2021, Thursday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 1, 2022 - Saturday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

January 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

January 2021

  • December 30, 2020, Wednesday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 1, 2021, Friday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

Long weekend/s: 1

Festivals:

  • Feast of Black Nazarene (Quiapo, Manila) - A day-long procession in the streets of Manila where devotees display the image of the Black Nazarene.

  • Ati-Atihan Festival (Kalibo) - A colorful festival celebrated by the devotees of the Infant Jesus, Santo Niño. It’s the oldest festival in the Philippines. This is a good opportunity to also visit the island of Boracay. Find Boracay tours to add to your itinerary. 

  • Sinulog Festival (Cebu) - A popular cultural event in Cebu to honor Santo Niño, the Infant Jesus. Discover the Queen City of the South and its other sites with Cebu tours.

  • Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo) - A famous colorful festival expressing devotion to Santo Niño. Discover more by joining Iloilo tours

  • Vigan Fiesta and Longganisa Festival (Vigan) - An annual food celebration promoting Vigan Longganisa, the special dish of the province. Look for other tourist spots in this heritage town and the province with Ilocos tours.

  • Apribada Festival in (Donsol) - An annual celebration that commemorates the abundance of butanding (whale sharks) in Sorsogon. Check out Donsol tours 

  • Bagoong Festival (Pangasinan) - A food festival that highlights the province’s most popular condiment, bagoong. Look for some Pangasinan tours that you can add to your trip. 

February 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

February 2021

  • February 12, 2021, Friday - Chinese New Year (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • February 25, 2021, Thursday - Edsa Revolution Anniversary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

Long weekend/s: 2

Festivals:

  • Panagbenga Festival (Baguio) - An annual flower event organized to boost the spirits of residents and celebrate the flowering season in Baguio. Make the most out of your time in the City of Pines with Baguio tours

  • February 14 (Sunday) - Valentine’s Day. Browse this article on cheap but fun date ideas in Manila.

March 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

March 2021

Festivals:

  • Island Garden City of Samal Festival (Davao) - A week-long festival celebrating the people of Samal Island and their traditions. Look for Samal Island tours that you can add to your itinerary. 

  • Strawberry Festival (La Trinidad, Benguet) - A month-long festival showcasing the industry of strawberry farming. Strawberry-based products like wines and jams are displayed for guests, and many travelers visit the strawberry farms during March). You can go strawberry farm picking by joining Baguio tours.

April 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

April 2021

  • April 1, 2021, Thursday - Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday). Find pilgrimage tours that you can join for the Holy Week. 

  • April 2, 2021, Friday - Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

  • April 3, 2021, Saturday - Black Saturday (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • April 4, 2021, Sunday - Easter Sunday 

  • April 9, 2021, Friday - Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)

Long weekend/s: 2

Festivals:

  • Moriones Festival (Marinduque) - A religious celebration devoted to Longinus, one of the soldiers who crucified Jesus. The main highlight is when he witnessed his own miracle, he had a change of conscience. Discover more of this island province with Marinduque tours.

May 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

May 2021

  • May 1, 2021, Saturday - Labor Day - Friday (Regular Holiday)

  • May 13. Thursday - Eid’l Fitr (Regular Holiday - To be confirmed)

Festivals:

  • May 9, Sunday - Mother’s Day 

  • Manggahan Festival (Guimaras) - A week-long festival in Guimaras to honor the production of mangoes and how over the years, it has helped their province grow and prosper). Check out Guimaras tours that you can add to your trip. 

  • Pahiyas Festival (Lucban, Quezon) - A vibrant celebration highlighting the bountiful harvest of the province and thanking San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of peasants, farmers, and laborers).

June 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

June 2021

  • June 12, 2021, Saturday - Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

Festivals:

  • June 20, Sunday - Father’s Day

  • Pintados Festival (Tacloban) - A celebration of folk culture commemorating the tattooed warriors called “pintados”. Different municipalities in Tacloban participate in various competitions to showcase their identity and culture.

July 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

July 2021

  • July 31, Saturday - Eidul Adha (Regular holiday - To be confirmed)

Festivals:

  • Pagoda Festival (Bulacan) - A religious event commemorating the founding of a miraculous cross 200 years ago in the Bocaue River.

August 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

August 2021

  • August 21, 2021, Saturday - Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • August 30, 2021, Monday - National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

Long weekend/s: 1

Festivals:

  • Kadayawan Festival (Davao) - An annual festival celebrating Davao's culture, bountiful harvest, and economic growth. Find Davao tours that you can add to your travel list.

September 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

September 2021

Festivals: 

  • Bicol Food Festival (Naga City) - A food festival aimed at promoting Bicolano food culture and demonstrating its unique traditions through cuisine. See the best of Bicol by visiting Legazpi.

  • Tuna Festival (General Santos City) - An annual food celebration highlighting the abundance of tuna in General Santos City, hence the origin of the nickname “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”.

  • Peñafrancia Festival (Naga City) - A religious festival highlighting the fervent dedication to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of the province.

October 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

October 2021

Festivals:

  • Kasanggayahan Festival (Sorsogon) - A vibrant festival to commemorate their independence and resilience in the face of hardship in Sorsogon.

  • Zamboanga Hermosa Festival (Zamboanga City) - A vibrant celebration commemorating Nuestra Señora del Pilar. It’s often highlighted with the regatta, street dancing, and other cultural activities. Check Zamboanga tours that you can add to your trip.

  • Masskara Festival (Bacolod) - A colorful festival first celebrated during the 1980s to uplift the spirits of the citizens. The main highlight of this festival are the different colorful masks worn by the participants which earned Bacolod the moniker of “City of Smiles”. Find Bacolod tours that you can add to your itinerary. 

  • Lanzones Festival (Camiguin) - An annual festival celebrating the harvest of lanzones and its economic impact on the province.

November 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

November 2021

  • November 1, 2021, Monday - All Saints Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 2, 2021, Tuesday - All Souls Day (Special Working Day)

  • November 30, 2021, Tuesday - Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

Long weekend/s: 2

Festivals:

  • Gigantes Festival (Angono, Rizal) - A religious celebration in honor of the patron saint of the fishermen, San Clemente. The puppet-like paper-mâché giants is the main highlight of this event.

December 2021 holidays and long weekends in the Philippines

December 2021

  • December 8, 2021, Wednesday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • December 24, 2021, Friday - Christmas Eve (Special Working Day)

  • December 25, 2021, Saturday - Christmas Day (Regular Holiday). Find out some of the best places in the Philippines to spend the holidays

  • December 30, 2021, Thursday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 31, 2021, Friday - New Year’s Eve (Special Working Day)

Long weekend/s: 3

Philippines 2021 Holidays, Long Weekends, and Top Festivals

Start Planning Your Trips in the Philippines

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