Updated Philippine Holidays: A Guide to Long Weekends


The Philippines is a country of many celebrations, and this is apparent with the number of holidays it has that Filipinos look forward to, from legal holidays like the Holy Week or special non-working holidays like Christmas Eve, especially if they fall on a Friday or Monday. They’re double the celebration because that means weekends and days off from work are longer!

With the year 2024 having just begun, you’re probably on the lookout for the long weekends ahead made possible by these national holidays and special non-working days. In this blog post from Asterra, we’ll give you a rundown of holidays and a list of long weekends where you can plan out a day out with your family or friends.

Regular and Special Non-Working Holidays in the Philippines this 2024

As early as October of last year, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. officially signed Proclamation No. 368 and made public a list of regular holidays and special non-working days in the Philippines.

Regular Holidays 2024 in the Philippines

Regular holidays in the Philippines are national legal holidays. Whether an employee works on that day or not, he or she must be paid. These regular holidays are as follows, almost all of which fall on a weekday:

  • January 1 (New Year’s Day, Monday)
  • March 28 (Maundy Thursday, Thursday)
  • March 29 (Good Friday, Friday)
  • April 09 (Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor, Tuesday)
  • May 01 (Labor Day, Wednesday)
  • June 12 (Independence Day, Wednesday)
  • August 26 (National Heroes Day, Monday)
  • November 30 (Bonifacio Day, Saturday)
  • December 25 (Christmas Day, Wednesday)
  • December 30 (Rizal Day, Monday)

Special Non-Working Days 2024 in the Philippines

As opposed to a regular holiday, a special non-working holiday in the Philippines does not entitle employees compensation if they didn’t work that day. Those who decide to render work on a special non-working day shall be given an additional 30% of his or her daily wage. The following are the special non-working days in the Philippines this 2024:

  • August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day, Wednesday)
  • November 01 (All Saints’ Day, Friday)
  • December 08 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Sunday)
  • December 31 (Last day of the year, Tuesday)

More Special Non-Working Days in the Philippines

The Malacañang Palace also added the following in the list of special non-working holidays in the Philippines for this year:

  • February 09 (Chinese New Year, Friday)
  • March 30 (Black Saturday, Saturday)
  • November 2 (All Souls’ Day, Saturday)
  • December 24 (Christmas Eve, Tuesday)

Long Weekends in the Philippines this 2024

There are a total of seven (7) months for the entire calendar year where you can expect a long weekend if you’re a regular employee in the Philippines. From January to December, here’s a quick list of long weekends in the Philippines this 2024 (take note of the dates where you can file for leave!):


  • December 30, 2023 (Rizal Day, Saturday)
  • December 31, 2023 (Last day of 2023, Sunday)
  • January 1 (New Year’s Day, Monday)


  • February 9 (Chinese New Year, Friday)
  • February 10 (Saturday)
  • February 11 (Sunday)


  • March 28 (Maundy Thursday, Thursday)
  • March 29 (Good Friday, Friday)
  • March 30 (Black Saturday, Saturday)
  • March 31 (Easter Sunday, Sunday)


  • April 6 (Saturday)
  • April 7 (Sunday)
  • April 8 (Monday, file for a leave!)
  • April 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan, Tuesday)


  • August 24 (Saturday)
  • August 25 (Sunday)
  • August 26 (National Heroes Day, Monday)


  • November 1 (All Saints’ Day, Friday)
  • November 2 (All Souls’ Day, Saturday)
  • November 3 (Sunday)


  • December 28 (Saturday)
  • December 29 (Sunday)
  • December 30 (Rizal Day, Monday)
  • December 31 (Last day of 2024, Tuesday)

For our Muslim brothers and sisters, meanwhile, the annual Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha, or the end of the month-long Ramadan and Feast of the Sacrifice, respectively, are also recognized as national holidays, but the exact date of the observance is not yet specified. The Palace said that a separate announcement will be made once the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos communicates the exact dates of the Islamic holidays, based on the Islamic calendar or lunar calendar.

Impact of Long Weekends and Philippine Holidays 2024

The so-called “holiday economics” was first introduced by then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007 under Executive Order 292. It was abolished during President Noynoy Aquino’s term due to widespread opposition from the business sector.

In 2022, it was reinstated by the present administration under President Bongbong Marcos as a way to economically recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of long weekends and holidays in the Philippines is most apparent in the following:

Economic boon

Long weekends mean increased consumer spending as many people tend to go out during these days to relax and unwind. As a result, businesses, especially in the retail, hospitality, and tourism sectors, will flourish and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Local tourism

Boosting local tourism is one of the primary objectives of Arroyo’s holiday economics. People will take advantage of the long weekend to travel and visit local tourist spots and spend more quality time with themselves and their families.

Employee wellbeing

If there are people who are considered the most excited at the prospect of long weekends, it’s employees who can have an extra day to rest, relax at home, or have a night out with friends without worrying about reporting to work again by Monday, as the holiday economics make it possible for non-working days that fall on a weekend be moved to either Monday or Friday.

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