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Maundy Thursday in Philippines

Maundy Thursday, which is the day before Good Friday, is a popular Christian holiday in countries such as the Philippines. It is a regular non-working holiday in the Philippines.

Is Maundy Thursday a Public Holiday?

Maundy Thursday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Image showing bread and a cup of wine to depict the Last Supper
The concept of the Holy Eucharist is associated with Maundy Thursday.
The concept of the Holy Eucharist is associated with Maundy Thursday.
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What Do People Do?

Maundy Thursday marks the event before Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Aside from fasting, most Filipinos refrain from activities such as drinking alcohol, eating meat and intercourse with their partners. Maundy Thursday is highlighted by the re-enactment of the Last Supper, which is organized by churches. It is customary for Filipinos to visit seven churches on this particular day. This is called Visita Iglesia which is a Spanish word for “to visit churches”. Some people visit 14 churches to symbolize the 14 stations of the cross.

Public Life

Maundy Thursday is a public holiday in the Philippines. Most businesses are closed from Maundy Thursday until Black Saturday (also known as Holy Saturday). Television and radio stations also closed during this time but they do pre-programmed broadcast special shows that are themed for the Easter holiday period. Cable channels continue their normal programs.

Public transport is reduced but there are some public transport services that operate during this time of the year. Those who work on Maundy Thursday get paid double as stipulated in the Labor Code of the Philippines.

Background

Holy Week was a tradition that was integrated into the Filipino society during the Spanish regime. Since then, Filipinos have been commemorating this day as an important religious holiday. Maundy Thursday was declared as an official holiday when the Republic Act (RA) 9492 was drafted on July 24, 2006. timeanddate.com has more information on Maundy Thursday’s observance on a global level and how the Easter date is determined.

Symbols

An important Maundy Thursday symbol is the concept of the Holy Eucharist, which is evident in the re-enactment of the Last Supper scene that depicts the last day before Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.

About Maundy Thursday in other countries

Read more about Maundy Thursday.

Maundy Thursday Observances

Note: Employees covered by the Holiday Pay Rule are entitled to their daily basic wage for any unworked regular holiday.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010ThuApr 1Maundy ThursdayRegular Holiday 
2011ThuApr 21Maundy ThursdayRegular Holiday 
2012ThuApr 5Maundy ThursdayRegular Holiday 
2013ThuMar 28Maundy ThursdayRegular Holiday 
2014ThuApr 17Maundy ThursdayRegular Holiday 
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2020ThuApr 9Maundy ThursdayRegular Holiday 

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