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Chinese New Year is now a non-working holiday in the Philippines

January 23, 2012

January 23 marks the start of the Lunar New Year, and this year the Philippines is celebrating the fist day of the Year of the Dragon as a non-working holiday. The Philippine Star reports that a few months ago, President Beningo Aquino declared that all schools and public and private offices will be closed on the holiday.

"On January 23, Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as Chinese New Year, which is 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," said President Aquino when he announced that the day will now be observed as a non-working holiday, according to the news source.

Holidays are the perfect time for family members who are working or studying in other countries to make calls to the Philippines and catch up with their loved ones.

Many Filipino officials are hoping that publicly celebrating the Chinese holiday will bring good luck to the nation for the upcoming year, according to the Manila Bulletin.

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