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Holidays & Observances in The Philippines

The Philippines is an Asian island country made up of many tiny islands. It has been controlled by many different countries including Spain, Britain, Japan, and the United States, so its modern culture is a combination of all these influences with elements from the east and the west. Spain brought its religion of Roman Catholicism, which now claims most Filipinos as followers. The British and the Americans brought their language, which is not the predominant language of the Philippines, but is spoken by many none-the-less. Holidays are probably most influenced by the Spanish, who replaced any traditional celebrations the people might have had with Roman Catholic ones. Religious holidays are very important and widely celebrated across the country.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Chinese New Year Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism, Confucianism
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Independence Day Public
Arbor Day - Philippines Noteworthy & Common
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic