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2023 Philippine Holidays Calendar: Holy Week, Long Weekends, When to File Leave, Celebrations

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Guide to the Philippines 2023 Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsPrepare for your next trip to the Philippines with this comprehensive list and calendar of all regular holidays, special non-working and working days, long weekends, and notable festivals and events in the Philippines for 2023.

Create a checklist, plan trips with family and friends, and arrange Philippine vacation packages with the help of this guide which includes celebrations in the Philippines every month. You may also wish to plan your vacation around major Philippines tourist spots and significant Philippine festivals and events for a much more enriching and immersive experience.

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2023 Calendar with Holidays, Special Non-Working Days, and Long Weekend in the Philippines

Guide to the Philippines 2023 Calendar with Holidays and Long Weekends

2023 Holidays and Special Non-Working Days in the Philippines

  • December 30, 2022, Friday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 1, 2023, Sunday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 2, 2023, Monday - Special Non-Working Holiday 

  • February 25, 2023, Saturday - EDSA People Power Anniversary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • April 6, 2023, Thursday - Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)

  • April 7, 2023, Friday - Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

  • April 8, 2023, Saturday - Black Saturday (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • April 10, 2023, Monday - Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)

  • May 1, 2023, Monday - Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

  • June 12, 2023, Monday - Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

  • August 21, 2023, Monday - Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • August 28, 2023, Monday - National Heroes’ Day (Regular Holiday)

  • November 1, 2023, Wednesday - All Saints’ Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 2, 2023, Thursday - All Souls’ Day  (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 27, 2023, Monday - Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 8, 2023, Friday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • December 25, 2023, Monday - Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 30, 2023, Saturday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 1, 2024, Monday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

  • Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha - (To Be Announced)

Long Weekends Philippines 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 Calendar with Long Weekends

  • December 30, 2022 - January 2, 2023 (Rizal Day and New Year's Day)

  • April 6, 2023 - April 10, 2023 (Philippines Holy Week 2023: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Araw ng Kagitingan)

  • April 29, 2023 - May 1, 2023 (Labor Day)

  • June 10, 2023 - June 12, 2023 (Independence Day)

  • August 19, 2023 - August 21, 2023 (Ninoy Aquino Day)

  • August 26, 2023 - August 28, 2023 (National Heroes’ Day)

  • November 1, 2023 - November 5, 2023 (All Saints Day and All Souls Day)

  • November 25, 2023 - November 27, 2023 (Bonifacio Day)

  • December 8, 2023 - December 10, 2023 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)

  • December 23, 2023 - December 25, 2023 (Christmas Day)

  • December 30, 2023 - January 1, 2024 (Rizal Day and New Year's Day)

January 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 January Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsLong weekend/s: 1

  • December 30, 2022, Friday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 1, 2023, Sunday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 2, 2023, Monday - Special Non-Working Holiday 

Festivals:

  • Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo) - A well-known, vibrant festival honoring Santo Niño. Check out Iloilo tours to learn more about their fascinating culture. Check out our list of the best hotels in Iloilo. While you’re there, visit Iloilo tourist spots and go on excursions like a package tour to Gigantes Island.

  • January 22 (Sunday) Chinese New Year - This is celebrated by dressing up in red and putting up decorations, making wonderful food for family, such as Chinese New Year Cake (homemade tikoy), lighting up firecrackers while dancing with dragons, and other customs. Go on a Binondo tour to taste the best Chinese food in Manila's best Binondo restaurants.

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  • Apribada Festival in (Donsol) - An annual celebration of Sorsogon's abundance of butanding (whale sharks). Aside from a Sorsogon tour, consider adding whale watching tours to your itinerary. Check out other top Sorsogon tourist spots and the best Sorsogon hotels and resorts

  • Bagoong Festival (Pangasinan) - A food festival dedicated to bagoong, the province's well-known condiment. Add some Pangasinan tours to your trip for a full experience. Learn more about the top Pangasinan tourist spots and the best Pangasinan resorts

  • Hinugyaw Festival (South Cotabato) - Often known as the "Festival of Festivals," it is a celebration of the various civilizations that have long resided in the rich valley of Koronadal.

  • Binalabal Festival (Misamis Occidental) - This festival originated in the 1930s when townspeople began wearing masks to conceal their identities, gradually expanding through time to become a broad celebration in the expectation of prosperity for the new year.

  • Coconut Festival (Laguna) - A week-long event in early January honoring Saint Paul the Hermit, San Pablo's patron saint. The celebration also recognizes the coconut's significance in the Philippines, and many of the street dancers' outfits are constructed from coconut tree pieces. Check out other Laguna tourist spots to visit during your trip to the province. Book Laguna tours and stay at Laguna resorts for a complete experience.

  • Bailes de Luces (Negros Occidental) - The Bailes de Luces, which translates as "Dances of Light," are one of the highlights of the year in La Castellana, Negros Occidental. It is intended to be a holiday of hope and thanksgiving in the province.

  • Minasa Festival (Bulacan) - This celebration in Bustos, Bulacan lasts a week and features street dance, fireworks, and markets selling local items. Attendees will also be able to enjoy the town's famed Minasa Biscuit, a wafer cookie. Check out other Bulacan tourist spots to add to your itinerary. 

  • Pangisdaan Festival (Navotas, Manila) - This festival is celebrated to commemorate the founding of Navotas City, often known as the "Fishing Capital of the Philippines." Check out other Manila tourist spots to visit and the best Manila hotels to stay in. 

  • Candle Festival (Quezon Province) - A 3 event to demonstrate people's devotion to the "Nuestra Senora de Candelaria" or "Candlemas Virgin” in Candelaria, Quezon. Check out the best Quezon Province tourist spots for a complete experience.

February 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 February Calendar with Holidays and Long Weekends

  • February 25, 2023, Saturday - EDSA People Power Anniversary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: Celebrate the day Filipinos joined and unified at EDSA to restore democracy through social media and face-to-face interactions (depending on the organized events by various parties).

Festivals:

March 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 March Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsFestivals:

  • Island Garden City of Samal Festival (Samal Island) - A week-long event commemorating the people and traditions of Samal Island. Read our article on the best Samal Island resorts. Book Davao hotels from our collection.

  • Strawberry Festival (La Trinidad, Benguet) - A month-long celebration of the strawberry farming sector. Visitors may try strawberry-based products including taho, wine, and preserves. Strawberry fields attract a large number of people (often during March). There are Baguio tour packages that include strawberry farm picking that you can be a part of. Check out the best Baguio restaurants that you should go to after your Baguio strawberry picking tour

April 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 April Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsLong weekend/s: 1

  • April 10, 2023, Monday - Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)

Philippines Holy Week 2023

  • April 6, 2023, Thursday - Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)

  • April 7, 2023, Friday - Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

  • April 8, 2023, Saturday - Black Saturday (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • April 9, 2023, Sunday - Easter Sunday

What to do this long weekend: Pray, reflect, and repent this Holy Week by visiting various churches and religious landmarks. You can join pilgrimage tours for a hassle-free Visita Iglesia experience.

Festivals:

  • Moriones Festival (Marinduque) - Longinus, one of the martyred soldiers, is honored at this religious event. The pinnacle was when he witnessed his miracle and experienced a conversion of conscience. Check out our article on the top Marinduque tourist spots. Book Marinduque tours for a complete experience in one of the hidden tourist spots in the Philippines.

  • Bangus Festival (Dagupan, Pangasinan) -  Dagupan's Bangus Festival is an annual event that promotes the city's milkfish aquaculture business. Add some Pangasinan tours to your itinerary for a full experience. Discover the top Pangasinan tourist spots and the best Pangasinan resorts

  • Pasalamat Festival (Negros Occidental) - An annual event conducted to honor the deity of agriculture, who is said to live inside Mount Canlaon, a volcano located east of La Carlota City in Negros Occidental.

  • Aliwan Festival (Manila) - A festival competition in which dancers outshine one another in order to win the crown and the grand prize. Book Manila hotels, Manila day tours, and Manila tour packages for a convenient trip.

May 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 May Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsLong weekend/s: 1

  • May 1, 2023, Monday - Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: Labor Day, one of the regular holidays in the Philippines, commemorates the centuries-long fight of the proletariat and honors their fortitude in demanding improved working conditions. Attend gatherings, and events, and do fun activities during the long weekend. Check out our Philippines Vacation Packages for your long weekend getaway.

Festivals:

June 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 May Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsLong weekend/s: 1

  • June 12, 2023, Monday - Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: This annual national holiday in the Philippines commemorates the country's independence from Spain in 1898. Enjoy Philippine cuisine with family and friends, or attend a celebration or parade.

Festivals:

  • June 18, Sunday - Father’s Day

  • Pintados Festival (Tacloban) - A folk culture festival honoring the tattooed warriors known as "pintados." Numerous communities in Tacloban compete in various events to showcase their identity and culture. White in Tacloban, check out other Leyte tourist spots that you can explore.

July 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 July Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsFestivals:

  • Pagoda Festival (Bulacan) -A religious ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the installation of a miracle cross in the Bocaue River. Check out other Bulacan tourist spots to add to your itinerary. 

August 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 August Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsLong weekend/s: 2

  • August 21, 2023, Monday - Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: To know more about Ninoy Aquino’s life and legacy, join events and gatherings that commemorate his life.

  • August 28, 2023, Monday - National Heroes’ Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: To know more about the lives of our national heroes, you can visit their hometowns or join museum tours displaying their legacy. Visit the Aguinaldo Shrine & Museum, for example, to learn more about Emilio Aguinaldo. Check out the best Cavite resorts you can also stay in. 

Festivals:

September 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 September Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsFestivals: 

  • Bicol Food Festival (Bicol) - A food event dedicated to promoting Bicolano food culture and highlighting the region's specific culinary traditions. You can also visit Legazpi and see Mayon Volcano via Mayon Volcano tours or Albay vacation packages.

  • Tuna Festival (General Santos City) - An annual food festival honoring General Santos City's abundance of tuna, which earned the city the moniker "Tuna Capital of the Philippines."

  • Peñafrancia Festival (Naga City) - A religious event dedicated to Our Lady of Penafrancia, the province's patroness. Book additional Bicol tours for a complete experience.

October 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 October Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsFestivals:

November 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 November Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsLong weekend/s: 2

  • November 1, 2023, Wednesday - All Saints’ Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 2, 2023, Thursday - All Souls Day (Special Working Day)

  • November 3, 2023, Friday - Option to file for leave

What to do this long weekend: Pray for and commemorate the saints and the departed.

  • November 27, 2023, Monday - Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: Commemorate Andres Bonifacio’s life and legacy by joining gatherings and events or by joining museum tours.

Festivals:

December 2023

Guide to the Philippines 2023 December Calendar with Holidays and Long WeekendsLong weekend/s: 3

  • December 8, 2023, Friday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: Participate in religious processions, traditional dances and festivals, visit the church, and more to commemorate Mama Mary's conception without sin.

  • December 25, 2023, Monday - Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend:  Find out some of the best places in the Philippines to spend the holidays. Attend Christmas parties and gatherings with your friends and family.

  • December 30, 2023, Saturday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • January 1, 2024, Monday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: Celebrate New Year with a bang by joining New Year countdown parties, gatherings, and firework events.