Is Chinese New Year 2013 a holiday in the Philippines? When is Chinese New Year 2013? Is February 11, 2013 a holiday in the Philippines? These are the queries from our readers pertaining to the Chinese New Year 2013.
When is the Chinese New Year 2013?
The first day of the Year of the Water Snake is on a Sunday, February 10, 2013. The Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival and is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar.
Is Chinese New Year 2013 a Holiday in the Philippines?
Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides. Since Chinese New Year falls on different dates on the Gregorian calendar every year on different days of the week, some of these governments opt to shift working days in order to accommodate a longer public holiday. In some countries, a statutory holiday is added on the following work day when the New Year falls on a weekend, as in the case of 2013, where the New Year’s Eve (February 9) falls on Saturday and the New Year’s day (February 10) on Sunday.
In the Philippines, where Chinese comprise large portion of residents, Chinese New Year is considered as an important festivity. Last year, it was in fact declared a special non-working holiday declared by Malacanang. Which is why most of our readers are asking if Chinese New Year 2013 will also be a declared Philippine Holiday.
In the official list of regular and special non-working holidays for 2013, Chinese New Year was not included in the list. This is because it falls on a Sunday which is actually a non-working day for public and most private offices.
Is February 11, 2013 a holiday in the Philippines?
With the actual Chinese New Year 2013 date not declared a holiday, many are hoping that the following day, February 11, will be declared a statutory holiday as practiced in other countries. As of posting, the Malacanang has not declared the date as a special non-working holiday.