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2024 Philippines holiday calendarPrepare for your next trip to the Philippines with this comprehensive 2024 calendar with holidays, including a list of all regular Philippine holidays, special non-working and working days, long weekends, and notable Philippines festivals and events for 2024.

With the help of this Philippines 2024 calendar guide, you can create a checklist, schedule trips with family and friends, and organize Philippine holiday packages. This includes all holidays in the Philippines every month. You may also align your long weekend holidays around the best places to visit in the Philippines and significant cultural activities in the Philippines for a much more immersive getaway.

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2024 Calendar with Holidays, Special Non-Working Days, and Long Weekend in the Philippines

2024 Philippines holidays calendar with long weekend

2024 Holidays and Special Non-Working Days in the Philippines

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

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

  • February 9, 2024 - Special Non-Working Day

  • February 10, 2024, Saturday - Chinese New Year (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • March 28, 2024, Thursday - Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)

  • March 29, 2024, Friday - Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

  • March 30, 2024, Saturday - Black Saturday (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • April 9, 2024, Tuesday - Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)

  • May 1, 2024, Wednesday - Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

  • June 12, 2024, Wednesday - Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

  • August 21, 2024, Wednesday - Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • August 26, 2024, Monday - National Heroes’ Day (Regular Holiday)

  • November 1, 2024, Friday - All Saints’ Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 2, 2024, Saturday - All Souls’ Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 30, 2024, Saturday - Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 8, 2024, Sunday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • December 24, 2024, Tuesday - Christmas Eve (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • December 25, 2024, Wednesday - Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 30, 2024, Monday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 31, 2024, Tuesday - Last day of the year (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • January 1, 2025, Wednesday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

  • Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (To be announced)

Long Weekends Philippines 2024

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

  • February 9 - February 10, 2024 (Chinese New Year)

  • March 28, 2024 - March 31, 2024 (Philippines Holy Week 2024: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday)

  • August 24, 2024 - August 26, 2024 (National Heroes’ Day)

  • November 1, 2024 - November 3, 2024 (All Saints Day and All Souls Day)

  • December 30, 2024 - January 1, 2025 (Rizal Day and New Year's Day)

2024 Philippine long weekend holidays calendar

January 2024

2024 Philippines January holiday calendarLong weekend/s: 1

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

  • December 31, 2023, Sunday

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



What to do this weekend: Rizal Day is a national holiday in the Philippines that commemorates the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal, a national hero. You can participate in various activities to honor his legacy, such as visiting historical sites, before spending the rest of the weekend celebrating the New Year.

Festivals:

  • Bagoong Festival (Pangasinan) - A culinary event celebrating bagoong, the famous condiment of the region. 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 an event that celebrates the diverse cultures that have thrived in the bountiful Koronadal Valley for generations.

  • Binalabal Festival (Misamis Occidental) - This festival started in the 1930s when people began wearing masks to hide who they were. It later evolved into a bigger celebration, symbolizing the wish for a prosperous new year.

  • Coconut Festival (Laguna) - A week-long festival in early January dedicated to Saint Paul the Hermit, the patron saint of San Pablo. The event also highlights the importance of coconuts in the Philippines, with many of the street dancers wearing costumes made from parts of coconut trees. Check out other Laguna tourist spots to visit during your vacation to the province. Book Laguna tours and stay at Laguna resorts for a complete trip.

  • Bailes de Luces (Negros Occidental) - The Bailes de Luces, meaning "Dances of Light," is a significant annual event in La Castellana, Negros Occidental. It serves as a festive occasion, symbolizing hope and gratitude in the province.

  • Minasa Festival (Bulacan) - The week-long festivities in Bustos, Bulacan, include street dances, fireworks, and local markets. Visitors can also savor the town's famous Minasa Biscuit, a delightful wafer cookie. Check out other Bulacan tourist spots to add to your itinerary. 

  • Pangisdaan Festival (Navotas, Manila) - The festival is held in honor of the establishment of Navotas City, which is renowned 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 trio of festivities held in Candelaria, Quezon, to showcase the deep devotion of the people to "Nuestra Senora de Candelaria" or the "Candlemas Virgin." Check out the best Quezon Province tourist spots for a complete experience.

February 2024

2024 Philippines February holiday calendar

  • February 9 to 10, 2024, Friday and Saturday - Chinese New Year (Special Non-Working Days)



What to do this day: During Chinese New Year 2024, people celebrate by wearing red, decorating their homes, preparing special dishes like homemade tikoy (Chinese New Year Cake), setting off fireworks, and enjoying dragon dances, among other customs. Go on a Binondo tour to famous Binondo resturants to taste the best Chinese food.

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March 2024

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Philippines Holy Week 2024

  • March 28, 2024, Thursday - Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)

  • March 29, 2024, Friday - Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

  • March 30, 2024, Saturday - Black Saturday (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • March 31, 2024, Sunday - Easter Sunday



What to do this long weekend: Pray, contemplate, and repent this 2024 Holy Week by visiting different churches and religious landmarks. You can join pilgrimage tours for a hassle-free Visita Iglesia experience. 

Are tourist spots open during Holy Week?

Some tourist spots in the Philippines may have varying schedules during Holy Week. Usually, locals visit Philippine churches and go on pilgrimage tours for Visita Iglesia. Although some attractions or tourist spots are closed during this long holiday season, there are still Holy Week destinations you can visit, like Pampanga, Bataan, Cebu, and Zamboanga. It's advisable to check with specific attractions for their operating hours and any special arrangements. Tourist spots will most likely be closed on Good Friday, but the majority will reopen on Easter Sunday.

Are there tours during Holy Week?

It varies. Some tour operators may offer tours during Holy Week, but availability might be limited. Usually, tour operators don’t run activities during Good Friday, but will most likely be back to regular operations on Easter Sunday. There are pilgrimage tours for Visita Iglesia and tours in Holy Week destinations. It's recommended to inquire in advance and check for any adjustments to tour schedules.

Are malls open during Holy Week?

Mall schedules during Holy Week can vary. Some malls adjust their operating hours, and others might close on Good Friday. It's advisable to check with individual malls for their specific Holy Week operating hours. You can check the malls' Facebook pages and news reports.

Are there restaurants open this Holy Week?

Some restaurants may remain open during Holy Week, but others might have reduced hours or be closed on certain days, especially during Good Friday. Many news outlets feature lists of restaurants that are open in the Holy Week. You may check with individual restaurants for their Holy Week schedules.

Is Intramuros open on Holy Week?

The Intramuros Administration usually posts updates and schedules on their website or pages about their Holy Week schedules. Most churches in and nearby Intramuros are open for pilgrims and tourists. However, there are usually road closures along General Luna Street for Holy Week activities and Visita Iglesia. It's recommended to check with the administration or relevant authorities for specific opening hours and any special arrangements.

Are banks open on Holy Week?

Banks typically have adjusted schedules during Holy Week, with some branches closing on certain days, especially during Good Friday. Check with individual banks for their specific Holy Week operating hours, or you may visit their official website and Facebook page for announcements. Because it’s a long weekend, expect that ATMs will not have enough cash for withdrawals. It is advisable to schedule your bank transactions before the Holy Week.

Are bars open on Holy Week?

Some bars during Holy Week may remain open, while others might have adjusted schedules or be closed on certain days. Usually, there will be announcements about liquor ban in some places in the Philippines, so most bars will be closed during this time. Checking with individual establishments is recommended.

Are stores open on Holy Week?

Some stores may be closed during Holy Week or may vary. Some stores may remain open, especially in larger cities, while others might close or have adjusted schedules. Stores will usually announce their operating hours before Holy Week, so it's best to stay updated and check with their admins.

Is SM open on Holy Week?

SM malls usually announce their Holy Week schedules ahead of time. They may have adjusted schedules, with some branches closing on certain days. SM Malls within Metro Manila are usually closed on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but may still vary. News outlets also post a list of malls that are closed and operating during Holy Week. It's recommended to check with specific SM malls for their Holy Week operating hours and be updated with the latest news.

Why is Holy Week important to Filipinos?

Holy Week is a significant religious observance to Filipinos as it commemorates the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time for religious reflection, fasting, and participation in traditional customs and rituals.

What do Filipinos do during Lent?

During Lent, Filipinos often engage in practices such as attending church services, participating in processions, and observing fasting and abstinence. Most Filipinos go on pilgrimage tours and visit Philippine churches for Visita Iglesia, or "church visit," where they go to seven churches and make a wish. Many also reflect on their faith through prayer, almsgiving, and acts of penance.

Some families do not eat any meat during Lent. They usually opt for fish and vegetable-based dishes. 

Are there any unique Filipino traditions during Holy Week?

Yes, the Philippines is famous for its Holy Week customs. Certain towns perform Passion Plays and Senakulo, which are dramatic portrayals of Jesus' life, suffering, and death. In some parts of the country, individuals may practice self-flagellation or even reenact crucifixion, but these actions are controversial and not supported by the Catholic Church.

 

Can you go on a vacation during Holy Week?

Yes, you can go on a vacation during Holy Week. There are Holy Week destinations you can visit, or you can go on pilgrimage tours. However, it's advisable to check the operating hours of tourist spots and services, as some may have adjusted schedules during this time. Also, if you are planning to go on a vacation during Holy Week, it's best to book accommodations, flights, or tours in advance since there could be some fully booked hotels and tours.

What is not allowed during Holy Week?

During Holy Week, most Filipinos avoid eating meat on certain days and only eat fish or vegetables. They usually observe solemnity and avoid any festive occasions. Additionally, some people choose to abstain from certain forms of entertainment as part of their Lenten observance.

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April 2024

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  • April 9, 2024, Tuesday - Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)

What to do this day: This is one of the regular holidays in the Philippines. It’s a day to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of Filipino heroes during World War II. You can attend commemorative events and ceremonies or visit historical sites related to this day.

  • Eid al-Fitr (To be announced)

What to do this day: Eid-al-Fitr, known as the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," celebrates the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, with gratitude and joy. Most Muslim-friendly destinations celebrate Ramadan in 2024, and there are halal-friendly Philippine restaurants, such as halal restaurants in Manila and halal restaurants in Boracay.



Festivals:

  • Bangkero Festival (Laguna) - A lively festival honoring the brave boatmen who take travelers to one of the famous waterfalls in the Philippines, Pagsanjan Falls, despite strong river currents. It includes boat parades, dancing, races, and contests, highlighting the courage and culture of these dedicated boatmen.

  • Bangus Festival (Dagupan, Pangasinan) -  The Bangus Festival in Dagupan is a yearly celebration that boosts the city's milkfish farming industry. 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) - A yearly celebration to pay tribute to the agricultural deity believed to reside within Mount Canlaon, a volcano situated east of La Carlota City in Negros Occidental.

  • Aliwan Festival (Manila) -A competition festival where dancers compete to win the crown and the top prize. Book Manila hotels, Manila day tours, and Manila tour packages for a convenient itinerary.

  • Kulay Festival (Batanes) - A colorful celebration that proudly preserves the rich traditions and culture of the Ivatan people. This annual event showcases the province's finest food products, emphasizing the importance of preserving the Ivatan way of life. The province is one of the best places in the Philippines to travel alone. For a more fun trip, check out Batanes tourist spots and book Batanes tours.

  • Kadaugan sa Mactan Festival (Mactan, Cebu) - An annual event in Cebu that honors the Battle of Mactan, where Lapu-Lapu and the people of Mactan fought against Magellan and the Spanish soldiers. You can check out other Mactan tourist spots to visit or extend your trip to Cebu. Book a Cebu to Boracay package or a Cebu to Bohol tour package.

May 2024

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  • May 1, 2024, Wednesday - Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this day: Labor Day in the Philippines is a legal holiday in the Philippines that celebrates the hard-fought struggle of workers throughout history and their determination to achieve better working conditions. It's a day to participate in gatherings, events, and enjoyable activities. Check out our Philippines vacation packages for your long weekend getaway.

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June 2024

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  • June 12, 2024, Wednesday - Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

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

  • Eid al-Adha (To be announced)

What to do this day: Eid-al-Adha, the "Festival of Sacrifice," honors Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of faith and devotion to God, emphasizing the importance of sacrifice.

Festivals:

  • June 16, Sunday (Father’s Day) - Aside from booking staycation packages for the family, check out day tours near Manila.

  • Pintados Festival (Tacloban) - A traditional cultural festival celebrating the tattooed warriors called "pintados." In Tacloban, different communities compete in various activities to display their culture and heritage. While in Tacloban, check out other Leyte tourist spots that you can explore.

July 2024

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August 2024

2024 Philippines August holiday calendarLong weekend/s: 1

  • August 21, 2024, Wednesday - Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

What to do this day: Learn about Ninoy Aquino's life and legacy by participating in events and gatherings that celebrate his memory.



  • August 26, 2024, Monday - National Heroes’ Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: To learn about our national heroes' lives, visit their hometowns, or take museum tours featuring their legacies. For instance, you can explore the Aguinaldo Shrine & Museum to discover more about Emilio Aguinaldo. Also, consider staying in some of the top resorts in Cavite or enjoy Cavite’s authentic cuisine, as it is one of the top places for a food trip in the Philippines.

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September 2024

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October 2024

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Festivals:

  • Kasanggayahan Festival (Sorsogon) - A vibrant event in Sorsogon that celebrates their freedom and strength in tough times. Check out some Sorsogon tours you can add to your current trip and the best Sorsogon resorts to stay in.

  • Zamboanga Hermosa Festival (Zamboanga City) - A lively festival honoring Nuestra Seora del Pilar, featuring boat races, street dancing, and various community activities. Consider adding Zamboanga tours to your trip. Book a Zamboanga City tour for a complete trip.



November 2024

2024 Philippines November holiday calendar

Long weekend/s: 1

  • November 1, 2024, Friday - All Saints’ Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 2, 2024, Saturday - All Souls Day (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • November 3, 2024, Sunday



What to do this long weekend: During this extended weekend in the Philippines, take time to offer prayers and remember both the saints and our departed loved ones.

  • November 30, 2024, Saturday - Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this day: Celebrate the life and contributions of Andres Bonifacio by participating in gatherings and activities or by joining museum tours.

Festivals:

  • Gigantes Festival (Angono, Rizal) - A Catholic celebration in honor of San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen, featuring the prominent attraction of puppet-like paper mâché giants. Angono is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines in November. Check out the best Rizal tourist spots included in most Rizal tours, and the best Antipolo hotels and resorts to stay in. You can even relax the days before the festival by booking our Luljetta's Hanging Garden packages.

December 2024

2024 Philippines December holiday calendarLong weekend/s: 1

  • December 8, 2024, Sunday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special Non-Working Holiday)



What to do this weekend: Take part in religious parades, traditional dances, and festivals, as well as visit the church and engage in various activities to celebrate the immaculate conception of Mama Mary.

  • December 24, 2024, Tuesday - Christmas Eve

  • December 25, 2024, Wednesday - Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this week:  There are a lot of things to do in December, especially on Christmas Day. Find out some of the best Christmas tourist spots in the Philippines. Attend Christmas parties and gatherings with your friends and family, or try indoor activities in the Philippines.

  • December 30, 2024, Monday - Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

  • December 31, 2024, Tuesday - Last day of the year (Special Non-Working Holiday)

  • January 1, 2025, Wednesday - New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

What to do this long weekend: Reflect on Jose Rizal’s ideals of patriotism, nationalism, and freedom, before celebrating New Year with a bang. Participate in New Year countdown parties, gatherings, and fireworks events. This is also a great time to book a 1 week itinerary in the Philippines.

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