On Sunday, January 22, 2023, the Philippine government declared the Chinese New Year a public holiday. Recently, it has been announced for the Chinese New Year of 2024 holiday.
The Chinese New Year is not commonly celebrated as a regular holiday within and outside the Philippines, alongside some other countries. However, in previous years, Chinese New Year has been included in the list of non-working days within the country.
Last August 3, 2022, Senator Angara filed the 19th Senate Bill 1012, which is stated as an act “declaring Chinese New Year’s Day a special non-working holiday in the Philippines.” The bill is still pending approval from the committee to carry out the act.
All About the Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is one of China’s most widely celebrated holidays among Chinese communities worldwide.
This holiday marks the beginning of the lunar new year and falls between January 21 and February 20. It is widely known for having fireworks and dragon dances, both considered integral features within the holiday’s festivities.
The Chinese New Year has become widely celebrated worldwide, with festivities occurring in various parts of the world. It goes beyond cultural borders, offering a time for joyous celebrations and reflection on the past year. People also look forward to the opportunities and challenges of the upcoming lunar cycle.
How do Filipinos celebrate Chinese New Year?
Chinese culture has been recognized within the Philippines and has become very influential. In addition, the country also has several Chinese communities around and join in the celebration by preparing and dining on Chinese food, providing Chinese posters and products, and displaying the iconic Chinese lion and dragon dancing.
In recent years, the Chinese New Year has gained increasing popularity. It is now recognized as a prominent holiday and officially designated as a special non-working day. Additionally, recent announcements indicate that the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday in 2024 has already been declared a special non-working day. It will be held on February 10, 2024.