Off the top of your head, I bet you could probably name at least three holidays that aren’t recognized in the Philippines that you’d love to celebrate.
There are a lot of like-minded Filipinos who celebrate these unrecognized holidays on their own terms and by their own means. Whether these celebrations will weigh on our sense of nationalism is another debate entirely, but there’s no harm in celebrating these in the name of fun and universal love—or just another reason to get together and kick back. We move that these holidays start being celebrated in Philippines.
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]8. Thanksgiving[/buffer]
Thanksgiving is a national holiday primarily celebrated by the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the year, most importantly the harvest. It’s mostly celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November. The history of Thanksgiving in America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation.
Nowadays, celebrating Thanksgiving usually means gathering around a table with family and friends to feast, indulge in some booze, and watch American Football. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about the main event: the turkey… mmmm.
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]7. Black Friday[/buffer]
Black Friday is observed the day after Thanksgiving. Since the early 2000s, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the United States. During Black Friday, most major retailers open their doors extremely early, late or even overnight to offer extreme sales. It’s common practice for people to camp outside the mall establishments in preparation for the Black Friday madness. It’s good business for everyone!
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]6. Mardi Gras[/buffer]
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]5. Carnival[/buffer]
Surprisingly, the Philippines used to celebrate this holiday before the dissolution of the Manila Carnival in 1939. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t “resurrect” this Catholic practice.
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The restrictions of Lent are lifted on the day providing people the chance to eat and drink to their heart’s content. As a predominantly Catholic country with a rising Irish population, this holiday good be a good breather for the Philippines in the middle of Lent.
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In the Philippines, we have something similar called Color Run Manila, which is a marathon involving a playful war of colors. Wouldn’t it better if we added the singing, dancing and partying to the equation? Let’s not forget that it should be a non-working holiday, too!
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]2. 420[/buffer]
The purpose of 420 is to raise awareness about the potential of cannabis as well as to erase many of the negative stigma past generations have left imprinted on the otherwise harmless plant.
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]1.Flag Day[/buffer]
As a patriotic country, the Philippines will benefit from this practice as it will urge us all to be proud of what our flag represents. If implemented, the holiday would fall on May 28, the first time our flag was flown into battle back in 1898.
What holidays do you wish the Philippines would start celebrating? Share it with us by leaving a comment below!