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Is December 8, 2022, a holiday in the Philippines?

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Is December 8, 2022 a holiday in the Philippines? Find out below!

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The first holiday of the last month of the year is scheduled on December 8, 2022, also known as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a Special Non-Working Day declared by former president Rodrigo Roa Duterte last October 29, 2021, through Proclamation No. 1236.

This religious holiday commemorates the Principal Patroness of the Philippines — Mary. It was first declared as a Special Non-Working Holiday through Republic Act. No. 10966, approved on December 28, 2017, by former president Duterte.

The bill was authored by Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas and approved on the third and final reading by the House of Representatives on November 2017.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary: Understanding the religious holiday

Also known as Immaculate Conception Day, December 8 marks the day the Virgin Mary is conceived in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.

It is considered one of the most important celebrations in the Roman Catholic Church’s Liturgical Year, so much so that it is also known as the “Holy Day of Obligation.”

The religious holiday is celebrated by processions, parades, and feasts to honor the Virgin Mary.

The remaining holidays in 2022

The year 2022 will end in less than two months. The following are the remaining holidays declared this year:

  • December 24, Saturday – Christmas Eve [WORKING HOLIDAY]
  • December 25, Sunday – Christmas Day [REGULAR HOLIDAY]
  • December 30, Friday – Rizal Day [REGULAR HOLIDAY]
  • December 31, Saturday – Last Day of the Year [WORKING HOLIDAY]

2023 official list of holidays

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has signed Proclamation No. 90, which declares the official holidays next year, 2023. The list includes regular holidays and special non-working holidays. The new proclamation replaces the list of holidays signed in August through Proclamation 42

See the list of official regular and special non-working holidays in the Philippines in 2023 below:

Regular Holidays
New Year’s DayJanuary 1, 2023 (Saturday)
Araw ng KagitinganApril 10, 2023 (Monday nearest April 9)
Maundy ThursdayApril 6, 2023
Good FridayApril 7, 2023
Labor DayMay 1, 2023 (Monday)
Independence DayJune 12, 2023 (Monday)
National Heroes DayAugust 28, 2023 (last Monday of August)
Bonifacio DayNovember 27, 2023 (Monday nearest November 30)
Christmas DayDecember 25, 2023 (Monday)
Rizal DayDecember 30, 2023 (Saturday)
Special Non-Working Days
EDSA People Power Revolution AnniversaryFebruary 25, 2023 (Saturday)
Black SaturdayApril 8, 2023
Ninoy Aquino DayAugust 21, 2023 (Monday)
All Saints’ DayNovember 1, 2023 (Wednesday)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of MaryDecember 8, 2023 (Friday)
Last Day of the YearDecember 31, 2023 (Sunday)
Additional Special Non-Working DaysJanuary 2, 2023 (Monday)
November 2, 2023 (Thursday)

  – WhatALife!

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Also read: Is November 30, 2022, a holiday in the Philippines?

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