Rizal Day in the Philippines
Rizal Day in the Philippines is held on December 30. This event in the third decade of the month December is annual. Help us
Rizal Day is a Philippine national holiday commemorating life and works of José Rizal, a national hero of the Philippines. It is celebrated every December 30, the anniversary of Rizal's 1896 execution at Bagumbayan (present-day Rizal Park) in Manila.
He was a polyglot. He was fluent in 22 languages: Hebrew, Filipino, Ilokano, Bisayan, Subanon, Chinese, Latin, Spanish, Greek, English, French, German, Arabic, Malay, Sanskrit, Dutch, Japanese, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish and Russian.
He was also a polymath, a man of many professions. He was an ophthalmologist, farmer, historian, painter, journalist, playwright, novelist, engineer, and educator. He also had varying degrees of expertise in economics, ethnology, sociology, anthropology, architecture, cartography, martial arts, dramatics, fencing, and pistol shooting.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
Last Day of the Year or Bisperás ng Bagong Taón on December 31 (The special holiday between Rizal Day and New Year's Day in the Philippines);
The solemn procession around the Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila on January 9 (the event glorifies Jesus of Nazareth, presented in the form of a sculpture of the black Christ carrying his cross);
Sinulog Festival in the Philippines on January 21 (celebrated on the third Sunday in January);
Dom Justo Takayama on February 3 (the Philippines and Japan);
Evelio Javier Day on February 11 (Panay Island, the Philippines)