House of Representatives Approves Bill to Make December 8 a Special Non-working Holiday

The House of Representatives has recently approved on third and final reading a new bill that seeks to make December 8 of every year a special non-working holiday in celebration of the Feast Day of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary.

A new measure which seeks to make December 8 a special non-working holiday has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now waiting for approval from the office of the senate and the President.

If the said bill has been approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, it would be an additional day to the numerous holidays and special non-working days of the country in a year.

The proposed law was authored by the Majority leader, Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte.

Meanwhile, he noted that December 8 is not yet a holiday further stating that his measure is still waiting for the approval from the Senate and President Duterte.

In this country where Catholic religion is dominant, many Filipinos usually celebrate the Feast day of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary.

In celebration of the Feast Day of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary, the Catholics require Catholics to participate in holy Mass.

Other than December 8, Catholics generally celebrate all Sundays of the year, January 1 – the Feast of Mary, the mother of God, August 15 – the Assumption of Mary, November 1 – All Saints Day and December 25 – Christmas Day.

Aizelle Joe

Philippines

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