Chinese New Year Holiday 2021 Philippines

PUBLISHED ON: January 28, 2021
LAST UPDATED ON: May 1, 2021

Chinese New Year on February 12, 2021 (Friday) has been declared as a Special Non-working Day in the Philippines.

When is Chinese New Year to be celebrated in 2021?

Chinese New Year is to be celebrated on February 12, 2021, which is a Friday.

Special Non-Working Day Pay Computation for Chinese New Year

How to compute Special Non-Working Day Pay for the Chinese New Year?

The computation of the Special Non-Working Day Pay is dependent upon several factors such as if it was also a scheduled Rest Day or overtime work has been performed.

Legal Basis for the declaration of Chinese New Year as a Holiday

When was Chinese New Year started to be celebrated as a Special Non-Working Day?

Chinese New Year began to be declared as a Special Non-Working Day with Proclamation No. 295, s. 2011 signed by President Benigno Aquino for the 2012 Holidays. Succeeding proclamations have included Chinese New Year as a Holiday from thereon, with the exception of 2013 Holidays.

Chinese New Year is one of the movable Holidays in the Philippines that requires a proclamation to declare it as such on a given year. Should it not be included in a Proclamation, employees would not receive the premium pay for it.

Law or Republic Act declaring Chinese New Year as a Special Non-Working Day

There is no Republic Act that declares Chinese New Year as a Special Non-Working Day.

Proclamations that declare Chinese New Year as a Special Non-Working Day

YearProclamationDateRemarks
2021Proclamation No. 986, series of 202012 February (Friday)
2020Proclamation No. 845, s. 201925 January (Saturday)
2019Proclamation no. 555, s. 20185 February (Tuesday)
2018Proclamation no. 269, s. 201716 February (Friday)
2017Proclamation No. 50, s. 201628 January (Saturday)
2016Proclamation No. 1105, s. 20158 February (Monday)
2015Proclamation No. 831, s. 201419 February (Thursday)
2014Proclamation No. 655, s. 201331 January (Friday)
2013N/A10 February (Saturday)Was not declared as a
Special-Non-Working Day
2012Proclamation No. 295, s. 2011 23 January (Monday)First Time declared as a
Special Non-Working Day

Chinese New Year for the Year 2013

For the Year of 2013, Chinese New Year was not declared as a Special Non-Working Day by the Office of the President.

The explanation behind this was given by the Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during a radio interview on held on September 2, 2012.

"There's actually no need to declare it a holiday [...] We've consulted [groups about] this, and we found out that the Chinese New Year in 2013 will fall on a Sunday,"

Source: Rappler. (2012, September 2). Why Chinese New Year 2013 is not a holiday in Philippines. Retrieved on 10 February 2021 from "https://www.rappler.com/nation/chinese-new-year-2013-not-declared-a-holiday"

A supposed movable holiday that fell on the Saturday (or a weekend) is not a valid basis to preclude it from being a Holiday.

Fortunately, this has not been used as a precedent as Chinese New Years that fell on Saturdays (e.g, 2017 and 2020) have been declared as Special Non-Working Days.

The specific details that would clearly explain the reason on the non-declaration of the holiday for 2013 would be the consultation notes from such persons or groups.

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