Bonifacio Day

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Bonifacio Day
Pambansang Bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio (Bonifacio National Monument).jpg
Observed byPhilippines
TypeNational
SignificanceCommemoration of the life of Andrés Bonifacio
DateNovember 30
Next time30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
Frequencyannual

Bonifacio Day is a national holiday in the Philippines, commemorating Andrés Bonifacio, one of the country's national heroes. He was the founder and eventual Supremo of the Katipunan, a secret society that triggered the Philippine Revolution of 1896 against the Spanish Empire.

Observance[edit]

Bonifacio Day is held on 30 November, or the Monday nearest this day to create a long weekend. Unlike Rizal Day commemorates on his death anniversary, Bonifacio Day is celebrated on his birthdate. This is because Bonifacio was assassinated under orders of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines and leader of the Magdalo faction that rivalled Bonifacio’s Magdiwang party. Aguinaldo at the time was in league with American troops, who were slowly arriving to occupy the country.[1][2]

History[edit]

Bonifacio Day became a holiday when the Philippine Legislature passed Act No. 2946, declaring November 30 of every year as a national holiday in remembrance of the birth of Gat Andrés Bonifacio who started the Revolution to overthrow the Spanish colonial government. The holiday was first instituted in 1921 with a decree signed by American Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonifacio Day 2017 and 2018 — Public Holidays Philippines". Publicholidays.ph. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  2. ^ a b "Bonifacio Day | Philippines". Office Holidays. Retrieved 2017-03-19.