The holiday drought in October of 2009 must be the cause for the spike of search queries on November holidays. Is November 2 a holiday? What about November 27? Of course, there are similar questions whether October 30 or 31 have been declared as non-working holidays, but let’s take it up in a later post.
To lump all queries, even if we already have the full list of holidays for 2009, let’s have a separate list of long weekends for November 2009. Not one, not two, but three holidays in November (but only 2 long weekends). There are two holidays, so we have two long weekends, in November.
All Saints’ Day. Unfortunately for those who love holidays falling on weekdays, November 1, 2009 falls on a Sunday. Fortunately, the President added a non-working special holiday right after November 1, which means that October 31 to November 2 (Saturday to Monday) is a long weekend.
Eid’l Adha. All Saints’ Day, according to the President, is a great feast of the Christian Church. Considering that the Philippines is a multi-ethnic society, according to her, why not declare one of the two greatest feasts of Islam, Eid’l Adha, as a national holiday? So the President issued Proclamation 1808, declaring November 27-28, 2009 as a national holiday. Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the pilgrimage or Haj for Muslims, commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son for Allah. Then Malacanang changed its mind and issues Proclamation 1808-A, declaring that Eid’l Adha is not a national holiday, but only a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Bonifacio Day. Let’s remember that we honor one of our heroes, Gat Andres Bonifacio with a holiday on his death anniversary, November 30. The second long weekend is November 28-30 (Saturday to Monday).
Most probably many have already made vacation/travel plans with November 27-28 factored in as holidays. If you’re one of them, raise your hand (and let us know through the comment section below). Update: See 2011 holidays.