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New Year's Day in Philippines

Quick Facts

New Year’s Day on January 1 in the Gregorian calendar is a public holiday in the Philippines.

Local names

NameLanguage
Araw ng Bagong TaonFilipino
New Year's DayEnglish
NeujahrGerman

New Year's Day 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Day 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Note: Employees covered by the Holiday Pay Rule are entitled to their daily basic wage for any unworked regular holiday.
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Many Filipinos consider New Year’s Day as an important holiday in the Philippines. This sets the start of a new year in the Gregorian calendar, which is used in many countries including the Philippines.

Fireworks display in Cebu

Many people in countries such as the Philippines celebrate New Year's Day with fireworks.

©iStockphoto.com/Christine Villarin-Jarina

What do people do?

Many Filipino people unite on New Year’s Eve, which is on December 31, to celebrate a midnight meal known as the Media Noche. It is also common to stay awake to greet the coming of the New Year. New Year’s Day is also characterized by Filipinos lighting fireworks and making a lot of noise to drive away evil spirits. This belief originated from the Chinese.

The elderly encourage children to jump at the stroke of midnight so that they would grow up tall. Many people display 12 circular fruits and wear clothing with polka dots to symbolize money. It is also popular practice to open all the doors and windows at the stroke of midnight to let in the good luck. Many Filipino families also read the Christian bible and attend a church midnight mass. It is common for many Filipinos to blend religion and superstition in celebrating New Year’s Day.

Public Life

New Year’s Day is a public holiday in the Philippines on January 1. Government offices, schools and most businesses are closed. Public transport is limited to reduced bus and jeep services operating during New Year’s Day.

Background

The New Year’s Day/New Year’s Eve celebrations start on December 31 and continue through to January 1. New Year’s Day in the Philippines is short but uniquely celebrated throughout the country. This is also the time of the year when many Filipino families get together and strengthen their family ties. New Year’s Day in the Philippines is a joyful holiday that is characterized with the intermarriage of religion and paganism which are the attributes of a once Hispanic Philippine Society.

Symbols

Filipinos symbolize New Year’s Day with their visions of how the start of the New Year opens opportunities for a bountiful life. This is the reason why the Filipino dining table which is the focal point of this holiday in that the table is abundant with food that comes in round or circular shapes to represent money. Fireworks also symbolize driving away bad luck during New Year’s Day.

About New Year's Day in other countries

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New Year's Day Observances

Note: Employees covered by the Holiday Pay Rule are entitled to their daily basic wage for any unworked regular holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonJan 11990New Year's DayRegular Holiday
TueJan 11991New Year's DayRegular Holiday
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FriJan 11993New Year's DayRegular Holiday
SatJan 11994New Year's DayRegular Holiday
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