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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day 2020, 2021 and 2022

The Philippines celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January. Somewhat unusually, New Year’s Eve is also an official holiday here.

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day
31 DecThuNew Year's Eve
20211 JanFriNew Year's Day
31 DecFriNew Year's Eve
20221 JanSatNew Year's Day
31 DecSatNew Year's Eve
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve
20241 JanMonNew Year's Day
31 DecTueNew Year's Eve

Fireworks, good food and good company, New Year’s resolutions, and greeting cards are all a part of the celebration in the Philippines. Attending midnight mass on 31 December is a practice of devout Roman Catholics. Firecrackers and loud noises are traditionaloy thought by some to scare off evil spirits, and leaving doors and windows open is supposed to let the good luck come in.

Parents may tell their children to jump as high as they can at midnight to help them grow taller. Others don polka dot clothes to make the new year more prosperous. And some put 12 fruits on display to symbolise the 12 disciples.