October 31, 2023 Not a Holiday – Malacañang

Malacañang has no plans to declare October 31, 2023, as a holiday

NOT A HOLIDAY – Malacañang has no plans to declare October 31, 2023, as a non-working holiday, according to Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Cheloy Garafil.

Garafil stated on Tuesday, October 24, that the Office of the Executive Secretary has no intention of declaring that day a holiday. October 31 (Tuesday) falls between two special non-working holidays this year, which are October 30 and November 1. President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. recently declared October 30 (Monday) as a special non-working day for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).

Meanwhile, November 1 (Wednesday) and November 2 (Thursday) are special non-working holidays in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. In 2022, Marcos declared October 31, which fell on a Monday that year, as a special non-working holiday, creating a long weekend.

Based on Proclamation No. 368, issued by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., New Year’s Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Araw ng Kagitingan, Labor Day, Independence Day, National Heroes Day (observed on the last Monday of August), Bonifacio Day, Christmas Day, and Rizal Day were regular holidays while special non-working days for the year, including Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21, All Saints’ Day on November 1, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8, and the Last Day of the Year on December 31.

Furthermore, special non-working days noted in Proclamation No. 368 include Chinese New Year on February 10, Black Saturday on March 30, All Souls’ Day on November 2, and Christmas Eve on December 24. The dates for the annual Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha holidays are yet to be determined based on the Islamic calendar or astronomical calculations.

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