October 31 a holiday in the Philippines?

All Saints Days approaches so fast that millions of Filipinos going back home are not certain if October 31 is a regular holiday or a special day.

Of course, those who travel home would love to have a long weekend and they hope to be at home earlier as Saturday assuming that Friday, October 31 is a public holiday.

Avoiding the heavy traffic that is expected to in NLEX, SLEX and in Metro Manila would ease up the life of the vacationers who loves to have their reunion at the cemetery on November 1, All Saints Day.

Posted on Gov.ph, Proclamation No. 655 states all the regular holidays and the special days for 2014 and October 31, 2014 is not covered at all.

SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2014 shall be observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day – 1 January (Wednesday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – 9 April (Wednesday)
Maundy Thursday – 17 April
Good Friday – 18 April
Labor Day – 1 May (Thursday)
Independence Day – 12 June (Thursday)
National Heroes Day – 25 August (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day – 30 November (Sunday)
Christmas Day – 25 December (Thursday)
Rizal Day – 30 December (Tuesday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year – 31 January (Friday)
Black Saturday – 19 April
Ninoy Aquino Day – 21 August (Thursday)
All Saints Day – 1 November (Saturday)
Additional special (non-working) days – 24 December (Wednesday)
– 26 December (Friday)
Last Day of the Year – 31 December (Wednesday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – 25 February (Tuesday)

Because of proclamation 655 by the President, this year’s much-anticipated long-weekend is not going to happen at all. Filipinos are used to have a longer “Undas” or All Saints Day for families to enjoy together.

October 31 is considered by Filipinos as Halloween Day, though it is not capturing much attention in comparison to how the USA celebrates it with kids’ trick or treat. November 2 is All Souls’ Day and it fall on Sunday.