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Is January 2, 2024, a holiday in the Philippines?

is january 2 2024 a holiday in the philippines

As the New Year approaches, Filipinos across the nation eagerly await news of additional holidays that might extend their celebratory respite. Therefore, the lingering question in many minds is whether January 2, 2024, is a holiday in the Philippines.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s recent proclamation, Proclamation 368 of 2023, holds the key to this inquiry. Signed in October 2023 and executed under the supervision of Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin, this proclamation delineated the 2024 regular holidays and special non-working days.

Surprisingly, amidst the delineated days, January 2, 2024, has not been declared a special non-working day yet. Thus, Filipinos find themselves at the edge of anticipation, pondering whether a last-minute declaration will grant them an extended holiday.

The recent precedence set by President Marcos Jr. sparked optimism. His December 26, 2023, announcement hints at a possible similar declaration for January 2, 2024.

Moreover, adding to this unfolding narrative is Vice President and concurrent Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio’s directive. She previously released an order stipulating that classes will resume from the holiday break by January 3, 2024. This suggests a regular workday on January 2 unless there’s a late schedule change.

Furthermore, in 2023, President Marcos Jr. announced a new set of holidays through Proclamation No. 90, updating the previous Proclamation No. 42. This fluidity in holiday declarations leaves a glimmer of hope for those eyeing January 2, 2024, as an additional day of rest and relaxation.

In conclusion, while Proclamation 368 of 2023, signed by President Marcos Jr., has not designated January 2, 2024, as a holiday, the possibility of a last-minute announcement remains.

With this, Filipinos eagerly anticipate news of a potential extension to their holiday break.

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)
  • Black Saturday – March 30
  • All Souls’ Day – November 2 (Saturday)
  • Christmas Eve – December 24 (Tuesday)

Sources: (1), (2), (3)

Also Read: Is December 30, 2023, a Holiday in the Philippines?

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