2011 PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS
If you’re planning on visiting this archipelagic country then save these following dates to maximize your vacation and avoid any travel delays.
The Official 2011 Philippine Holidays
This article describes the 2011 Philippine Holidays you should take note of for your travel schedule around the country.
New Year’s Day is obviously the first day of the New Year and is a national holiday. We all use the modern Gregorian calendar, which celebrates it on January 1 of every year. This is standard for most countries around the world.
February 25, 2011 is the commemoration of the People Power Revolution of 1986. This People Power Revolution sometimes referred to as the EDSA Revolution as well as the Philippine Revolution of 1986 was an event which changed the country with a series of nonviolent and prayerful street protests by millions of Filipinos which ousted the dictator Marcos from power.
The Day of Valour is another 2011 Philippine holidays which commemorates the fall of Bataan during World War II. It falls annually on April 9 for this year.
Next is Maundy Thursday, sometimes called Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great & Holy Thursday, as well as the Thursday of Mysteries, is the Catholic feast or holy day which is the Thursday right before Easter which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and his Apostles. This is the fifth day of Holy Week, preceded by Holy Wednesday and before Good Friday which is another holiday for the country.
On the 2011 Philippine holidays calendar is Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday, Black Friday and Great Friday, is the next religious holiday commemorated mainly by Christians in observance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at the hill. This holiday is part of the Holy Week which ends of Easter Sunday.
Philippine Independence Day is a regular annual national holiday celebrated every June 12. This commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence when revolutionaries broke away from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. This is the National Day of the Philippines and there is no work or school.
Benigno Aquino Jr. Day commemorates the death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy Servillano Aquino, Jr. who is considered a hero of democracy in the country whose death paved the way for the 1986 revolution. This is celebrated on August 21, 2011.
The national Heroes’ Day also called the Araw ng mga Bayani is another 2011 Philippine holiday. This day is celebrated to honor all the heroes, who fought for the freedom of the country in wars and other conflicts. The other purpose of this day is to make the younger Filipinos follow the example of those who have fought for and made the country proud internationally.
All Saints day or Todos Los Santos is also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas. This holiday is commemorated in honor of all the saints, both locally and international. The concept of All Saints is likewise a Christian formula employing the aid of all the faithful saints and martyrs of Christianity and is celebrated on November 1.
Next is Andres Bonifacio Day which is also part of the 2011 Philippine holiday calendar. The day honors another national hero named Andres Bonifacio. Andres Bonifacio’s birth date on November 30 and this day is celebrated as Bonifacio Day and is a major public holiday in the country.
Another is the birth of Jesus celebrated as Christmas day. This is the international annual holiday of December 25. Christmas in other parts of the world is also celebrated even for mainly Muslim countries, for some it is a national holiday for Christians in these nations.
Next is Jose Rizal Day on the 30th December for 2011 which is another national holiday in the Philippines. This day is honors the death of the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal who was martyred on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan. The day is commemorated with parades and decorated floats, music and marching bands play on the street.
Lastly is New Year’s Eve or December 31, 2011. The celebration of New Year’s Eve was designed as a ”filler” holiday in between Rizal Day and New Year’s Day to promote a long holiday usually for the week before New Year’s.
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