UPDATED: Malacañang has released the official list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2019. We all know what that means: Time to start thinking about how and when to plan your next big trip for 2019!
So how many days off are there exactly?
Just this Monday (May 21, 2019), news broke that we might have yet another holiday to enjoy in September. The Senate passed a bill on it’s third and final reading that declares September 8, which is the commemoration of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a special working holiday.
House Bill No.7856 passed the Senate unanimously and now just needs to be signed into law by the president. Being a special working holiday means that, if an employer has an employee come into work on that day, they need to pay them their basic rate.
If September 8 does become a holiday, it’s not going to really affect us this year as it falls on a Sunday. BUT, it will fall on a Monday in September 2020, giving us an additional long weekend next year.
All in all, we currently have 19 days (and one more pending) on which to indulge our wanderlust—or just rest our weary working-class selves at home—without worrying about filing a leave or getting our pay docked.
|Date||Day of the week||Observance||Type|
|January 1||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||Regular holiday|
|February 5||Tuesday||Chinese New Year||Special (Non-Working) Holiday|
|February 25||Monday||EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary||Special (Non-Working) Holiday|
|April 9||Tuesday||Araw ng Kagitingan||Regular holiday|
|April 18||Thursday||Maundy Thursday||Regular holiday|
|April 19||Friday||Good Friday||Regular holiday|
|April 20||Saturday||Black Saturday||Special (Non-Working) Holiday|
|May 1||Wednesday||Labor Day||Regular holiday|
|June 12||Wednesday||Independence Day||Regular holiday|
|August 21||Wednesday||Ninoy Aquino Day||Special (Non-Working) Holiday|
|August 26||Monday||National Heroes Day||Regular holiday|
|November 1||Friday||All Saints Day||Special (Non-Working) Holiday|
|November 2||Saturday||All Souls Day||Special Non-Working Day|
|November 30||Saturday||Bonifacio Day||Regular holiday|
|December 8||Sunday||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||Special (Non-Working) Holiday|
|December 24||Tuesday||Christmas Eve||Special Non-Working Day|
|December 25||Wednesday||Christmas Day||Regular holiday|
|December 30||Monday||Rizal Day||Regular holiday|
|December 31||Tuesday||Last Day of the Year||Special Non-Working Day|
There are are also two more holidays on the calendar, the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. These two days will also be proclaimed national holidays, but the exact dates have yet to be determined.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, an Islamic holy month. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, which means months begin with the first crescent of a new moon has been sighted. This makes it different from the regular calendar we use, which is the Gregorian calendar and a solar calendar.
A lunar calendar year is 10 to 11 days shorter than the solar calendar year, and the start and end days of the month are not fixed. Right now, the estimated date of Eid al-Fitr is July 3 (Wednesday).
Eid al-Adha is known as the Festival of Sacrifice. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to give up his son in obedience to the command of Allah (God). Eid al-Adha occurs on the 10th day of the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar.
Like Eid al-Fitr, the date of Eid al-Adha on the regular, Gregorian calendar varies. The date changes, drifting approximately 11 days earlier every year. This year, many non-Islamic people thought it would fall on August 22, but it turned out it fell on August 21. For 2019, it is calculated that it might fall on August 11 (Sunday).
What about long weekends in 2019?
With regards to the coveted long weekends, basically we have five.
For starters, we’re starting the year with a long holiday. December 30 (Sunday) and December 31 (Monday) of 2018 are a regular holiday and special non-working holiday, respectively. If you add Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to the mix, we have a four-day weekend starting December 29 (Saturday).
The next long holiday is Holy Week. Starting April 18 to April 20, plus Easter Sunday, this gives us a five-day weekend.
National Heroes Day (August 26) is a Monday. So, that gives us a three-day weekend, starting August 24 (Saturday).
All Saints Day (November 1) falls on a Friday and is followed by All Souls Day (November 2) on a Saturday. That gives us a three-day weekend!
The last long weekend will start on December 28 (Saturday) and includes December 29 (Sunday), December 30 (Monday), and December 31 (Tuesday). That’s another four-day weekend. There’s a good chance that January 1, 2020 will be declared a regular holiday as well, so we’re looking to end the year with a five-day weekend.
Wondering what exactly this means for your paycheck? Rule of thumb: Regular holiday, you rest and get paid. Special Non-working day: You work, you get paid extra. Learn more in detail in this article about holidays and payslips.