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The Philippines Holiday and Festival Calendar

The Philippines Holiday and Festival Calendar for 2019-2020 year
The Philippines, named after King Philip II of Spain, is a wonderful country that lies on approximately 300,000 square kilometers of land spread over 7,107 islands, with 36,289 kilometers of coastline and more than 100 million citizen, over 92% of the population speaking English as a second language. Filipinos also use more than 125 indigenous languages. Most fluent English speakers live in Manila, the capital of the country, and Quezon - the most densely populated city in the Philippines. The Philippines is the world’s leading producer of coconuts and beauty queens. It is also known for its UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces, beautiful Conus gloriamaris shells, the oldest universities in the world, the biggest pair of shoes ever made, and for its wonderful holidays and festivals. Dive into the country’s rich history and culture with a complete list of its Holidays and Festivals.

List of Holidays and Festivals in the Philippines for 2019-2020 year

December 2019

January 2020

Thursday 9 January - The solemn procession around the Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila (the event glorifies Jesus of Nazareth, presented in the form of a sculpture of the black Christ carrying his cross)
Sunday 19 January - Sinulog Festival in the Philippines (celebrated on the third Sunday in January)

February 2020

Monday 3 February - Dom Justo Takayama (the Philippines and Japan)
Tuesday 11 February - Evelio Javier Day (Panay Island, the Philippines)
Friday 21 February - Musikahan Festival (Tagum City, the Philippines)

April 2020

Wednesday 15 April - Tax Day (United States, the Philippines - the official deadline for filing an individual tax return or requesting an extension)

May 2020

Sunday 10 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

June 2020

Tuesday 9 June - Coral Triangle Day (The CTD was first held on June 10, 2012, as a regional interpretation of World Oceans Day. During the 8th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (a multilateral partnership to safeguard the Coral Triangle's marine and coastal biological resources) Senior Official Meeting, member countries declared to designate the Coral Triangle Day to be held annually. The region covers the exclusive economic zones of six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste)
Friday 19 June - Feast of Forest (Palawan); Laguna Day (Laguna); Surigao del Sur Day (Surigao del Sur)
Wednesday 24 June - Wattah Wattah Festival in the Philippines; Manila Day in the Philippines (Día de Manila - a festival in Manila dedicated to the founding of the capital by conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1571)

July 2020

August 2020

Wednesday 19 August - Manuel Luis Quezón Day (Quezon City and other places in the Philippines named after Manuel L. Quezon)
Thursday 27 August - National Heroes' Day in the Philippines (celebrated on the fourth Monday in August)

September 2020

Monday 28 September - National Day of Awareness and Unity against Child Pornography in Philippines; Teachers' Day in Taiwan (and Chinese-Filipino schools in the Philippines, ceremonies dedicated to Confucius are also observed)

November 2020

December 2020

Monday 7 December - Father's Day in the Philippines (is officially celebrated every first Monday of December)
Friday 11 December - Pampanga Day (Pampanga province, Philippines)

Holiday and Festival celebration traditions in the Philippines

90% of the population of the country is Christian, the vast majority being Roman Catholic. So many of the annual festivals are related to important events on the religious calendar. Several celebrations have their roots in pagan times, with costumes and rituals that have been modified over time to reflect more recent Christian traditions. Some of them are very colorful celebrations, which are really worth to visit for tourists.
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