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Top Five Filipino Holidays

If  you enjoyed our Top 10 Nice Things to Say, here is another inspiring list for you.

1. New Year’s Day

The eye-catching firecrackers complete the celebration of New Year's EveThis celebration falls every 1st day of January, where Filipino families gather together and prepare food for the entire family and visitors.  It is believed that a family that gathers together for this day will be able to count on each other.

At this day, almost all people will go to church to attend the holy mass and pray for God’s blessings for their family and loved ones.  It is a Filipino tradition to create diversified sounds and noises like: “torotot” or a mini-trumpet made out of cardboard, howls, colorful fireworks, clashing of coins, tapping, and drumming. Filipinos believe that making sounds while they open all windows and doors of their houses is a way of inviting all the blessings and luck to enter their home.

2. Holy Week

These men are trying to wash their sins by reliving Christ's Scourging at the Pillar

These men are trying to wash their sins by reliving Christ’s Scourging at the Pillar

The Holy Week is observed between the months of March and April. The Lenten Season has a very big impact on the lives of many Filipinos. People at this time have the Station’s of the Cross (attending mass in 14 different churches to respect the Lord’s sufferings, death and resurrection) because Christians believe that He died to save us all from our sins.  During this time, Filipinos sacrifice by not eating too much (fasting), and by not eating all kinds of meat especially pork as a sign of our respect to our Lord, for this is the day that our Lord Jesus offered His life to us. During this day, even though a lot of churches are strictly against this, many Filipinos still practice “Penitensya” (where they try reliving Jesus’ sufferings to signify the repentance of their sins).

A man trying to wash away his sins by reliving Christ's Carrying of the Cross

A man trying to wash away his sins by reliving Christ’s Carrying of the Cross

A man trying to wash away his sins by reliving Christ's Suffering at the Cross

A man trying to wash away his sins by reliving Christ’s Suffering at the Cross









3. Independence Day

Celebrated every 12th day of June.  It is a very important date for Filipinos, because this represents the day when Filipinos got their freedom from Spain in 1898. Students and government officials participate in parades, proudly waving the Filipino flag.


4. All Saints  and All Souls Day

Filipinos pay their respects to the dead during All Saints and All Souls day. These days are observed every November 1st and 2nd, respectively. As a belief,  Filipinos light up candles as they gather at the cemeteries to let their dead relatives and loved ones feel  their undying love and memory. For this holiday, only the 1st day of November is a non-working holiday; most people go to the cemetery during this day since November 2 is no longer a non-working holiday. Work and classes resume for some employees and students every November 2.


5. Christmas Day

A Filipino family celebrating Christmas in Star City, Philippines

Christmas in the Philippines is happier when celebrated with family









Christmas is the most important celebration for Filipinos and known as the longest yuletide Holiday in the whole world.

Photo of a 60-feet Christmas tree in Baguio, Philippines

This is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ was born in Jerusalem to Mother Mary. It is celebrated by giving and exchanging gifts with our special someone, friends, families, children, and godchildren (“kinugos / ina-anak” in Tagalog).

Various Christmas parties are held by students and colleagues. These Christmas parties that are held in schools or offices usually signify the start of their Christmas vacation. Classes and work normally start on the first Monday of the following year.


What are You Waiting For?

Don’t be shy, it is time for you to get that plane ticket to visit the Philippines and experience some of these holidays in person now. We are waiting for you!

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  1. I think Christmas is magical. It feels magical because I believe that believers and even non-believers seem to feel the spirit of Christ. There seems to be more love felt during the Christmas season than any other season of the year. There are even wars that stopped for Christmas day. I love Christmas. I believe it is the best time to be with family and celebrate with abandance of food and gifts, and also give to those that are lacking in those areas. That’s what Christ would want I’m sure.

    Comment by Alfred — December 3, 2012 @ 6:26 am

  2. I just want to add another comment about sacrificing in inflicting pain to your body for cleansing your soul of sins. I unfortunately do not believe this is good. Chirst suffered for our sins by sacrificing his body as a martyre by being falsely accused since he was perfect. I believe what He wants for us is to simply ask forgiveness and to try to live without sin. I believe placing yourself in His place to suffer for your sin is denying His sacrifice because He was the only one that could be sacrificed as a lamb for us because the sacrifice required a perfect individual and He was and ever will be the only one that could accomplish that task. We need to follow what He taught us and accept His sacrifice for us by worshipping Him and feeling remorse for our own sins within our soul. Our bodies are sacred therefore we should respect them also and not deliberately harm them. They are temples for which the Holy Ghost can dwell into to inspire us to do good for ourselves and others.

    Comment by Alfred — December 3, 2012 @ 6:36 am

  3. beautiful christian country–love it–love the people and especially the young women..thank you

    Comment by jonathan — December 3, 2012 @ 8:12 am

  4. how much are plain tickets from louisville ky to the phillipines

    Comment by rick — December 3, 2012 @ 8:17 am

  5. if you marry in the phillipines how long do u need to stay there

    Comment by rick — December 3, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  6. Hi Alfred, we agree with you that the Christmas day is indeed the best season of the year. Although we also think every day is a great day that the Lord has made. We also agree that inflicting pain to one’s body is not the right way to commemorate Christ’s sufferings.

    Hi Jonathan, we hope that you might have the chance to visit the Philippines, meet the beautiful Filipinas and experience the holidays with them.

    Hello Rick, the usual cost of a roundtrip ticket from Louisville to Manila ranges from $1083 to $1288. You may visit this link for more information: When you marry in the Philippines, there’s no legally required number of days for you to stay there. However, if you would want to have an idea on how long would it take for you to process your wedding and to get married, you may read one of our advice articles entitled: Getting a Marriage License in the Philippines.

    Comment by Christian Filipina — December 21, 2012 @ 12:01 am

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