Box of Special Tikoy for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2013 in the Philippines

Like many of us, you may also be wondering if the Chinese New Year celebration this 2013, which falls on 10 February 2013 (a Sunday), is a national holiday. Don’t keep your hopes up. [See also 2013 Holidays in the Philippines]

In 2012, the President issued Proclamation No. 295, containing the reason for the declaration Chinese New Year as a national holiday — “on January 23, 2012, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 23 January 2012 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest.”

The Chinese New Year in 2012 fell on a Monday. This year, 2013, the Chinese New Year celebration falls on 10 February 2013, a Sunday. This is not one of the declared holidays under Proclamation 459. Some say there’s no need to declare February 10 a holiday because it’s a Sunday anyway. Some say this is consistent with the move away from holiday economics. Whatever the reason may be, the fact remains that February 10 has not been declared, and won’t likely be declared, a national holiday.

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