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Palace declares February 9 as additional special non-working day for Chinese New Year

Malacañang has declared February 9, 2024 as additional special non-working day in the country for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. 

Signed by President Ferdinand "Bongbong'' Marcos Jr., Proclamation No. 453 states that ''the declaration of 09 February 2024, Friday, as an additional special non-working day throughout the country will give the people the full opportunity to celebrate the Chinese New Year and enable our countrymen to avail of the benefits of a longer weekend.'' 

The Proclamation, signed on January 18, 2024, further directs the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue appropriate circular in implementing the proclamation for the private sector.

Malacanang earlier issued Proclamation No. 368 dated October 11, 2023, which declared February 10, 2024, (Chinese New Year), Saturday, as a special non-working day throughout the country.

The Presidential Communications Office said that the Chinese New Year is the festival celebrating the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.  —LDF, GMA Integrated News