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Is April 9, 2024, a Holiday in the Philippines?

is april 9 2024 a holiday in the philippines

With the upcoming Day of Valor, many have asked, is april 9 2024 a holiday in the Philippines? Short Answer: Yes. The Philippine official gazette has declared April 9 a regular holiday in the Philippines. 

This holiday, as per Proclamation No. 368, s. 2024, is in observance of the Day of Valor 2024 or Araw ng Kagitingan celebration.

Ultimately, the Day of Valor is a regular holiday, which means employees are paid regardless of whether they work on that day or not. Moreover, with the Day of Valor designated as a regular holiday, netizens look forward to a well-rested celebration.

What is the Day of Valor and why do we celebrate it?

Aside from it being a regular holiday in the Philippines, Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan) is an important event in the country’s history as it recognizes the anniversary of the Fall of Bataan.

Consequently, Republic Act No. 3022 was enacted to declare April 9 as Bataan Day and designate it as a Legal Holiday. Accordingly, every April 9, all public officials and citizens of the Philippines are encouraged to observe a one-minute silence at 4:30 pm to honor the heroes, parents, wives, and widows of the fallen soldiers. 

In 1987, Executive Order No. 23 renamed it to “Araw ng Kagitingan,” acknowledging the fall of Bataan and Corregidor.

Meanwhile, below is the list of Regular Holidays and Special non-working days in 2024 for your guide:

Regular Holidays in 2024

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Monday)
  • Maundy Thursday – March 28
  • Good Friday – March 29
  • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Tuesday)
  • Labor Day – May 1 (Wednesday)
  • Independence Day – June 12 (Wednesday)
  • National Heroes Day – August 26 (Monday)

Special non-working days in 2024

  • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Wednesday)
  • All Saints’ Day – November 1 (Friday)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – December 8 (Sunday)
  • Last day of the year – December 31 (Tuesday)

Additional Special non-working days in 2024

  • Chinese New Year – February 10 (Saturday)
  • All Souls’ Day – November 2 (Saturday)
  • Christmas Eve – December 24 (Tuesday)

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