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Chinese New Year is considered to be the most important festival for the Chinese community in the Philippines. It does not follow a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used in many countries. The celebration stretches to about 15 days with varied observations each day.
Is Chinese Lunar New Year's Day a Public Holiday?
Chinese Lunar New Year's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
In 2020 it falls on a Saturday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Saturday opening hours.
What Do People Do?
Filipino-Chinese communities in the Philippines celebrate Chinese New Year every year in hope of attracting prosperity, closer family ties and peace. Most Filipino-Chinese families usually clean their homes thoroughly, prepare lucky money in red envelopes, serve sweet foods and display various food and fruits on a table, which is believed to invite good fortune. People also participate in parades and dragon dances that are organized in China Towns in different cities in the Philippines.
Chinese New Year is not an official holiday in the Philippines so all establishments remain open. However, some streets in several China Towns in different cities may be closed to honor this celebration.
Small Chinese communities existed in the Philippines since the Spanish regime, which lasted for more than 300 years dating back from the 16th century. As time progressed, the Chinese communities grew due to intermarriage among Filipino natives and other races, including the Chinese. As the population grew, so did the grandeur of the Chinese New Year celebration.
Lawmakers have proposed to make the Chinese New Year a legal public holiday. However, there is still debate that adding another holiday in the Philippines could be detrimental to the economy due to the increasing holiday incentives. The Republic Act 9492 dictates that for every legal non-working holiday, all working establishments should give incentives or overtime pay to their employees.
The mythological Chinese dragon is the main symbol of Chinese New Year. Other symbols include firecrackers that are believed to drive off bad luck and the Tikoy, a Chinese sticky sweet treat that symbolizes the attraction of good luck.
About Chinese Lunar New Year's Day in other countriesRead more about Chinese Lunar New Year's Day.
Chinese Lunar New Year's Day Observances
Note: During special days, the principle of "no work, no pay" applies and on such other special days as may be proclaimed as such by the President or by Congress.
|2015||Thu||Feb 19||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2016||Mon||Feb 8||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2017||Sat||Jan 28||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2018||Fri||Feb 16||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2019||Tue||Feb 5||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2020||Sat||Jan 25||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2021||Fri||Feb 12||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2022||Tue||Feb 1||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2023||Sun||Jan 22||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2024||Sat||Feb 10||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
|2025||Wed||Jan 29||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Special Non-working Holiday|
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