Filipinos nationwide will have their first long weekend of the year before the current month ends. The country will join the world in marking the Chinese New Year on January 31, Friday.

The day is a special non-working holiday throughout the country according to President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 655, which he signed last September. Proclamation 655 lists all regular and special holidays for 2013. Read more about Proclamation 655 on this blog post.

In the proclamation, President Aquino described Spring Festival (the other term for Chinese New Year) as “one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese-Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well.”

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Manila Chinatown during the 2013 Chinese New Year festivities (photo by Demetrio Ragua)

The president added that the joint celebration “is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese-Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people.” Access the full text of Proclamation 655 here.

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