Moving holiday dates has negative effect on history and culture | Inquirer Opinion

Moving holiday dates has negative effect on history and culture

/ 04:05 AM November 27, 2023

The practice of observing holidays on movable dates can pose challenges to history and culture. A prime example of this is the commemoration of Bonifacio Day on Nov. 30. Pursuant to Proclamation No. 90, it was moved to Nov. 27, Monday, as a nonworking holiday, and Nov. 30 was made an ordinary working day.

Moving holiday dates can have several negative effects, one of which is the possible loss of historical relevance. Dates that are customarily linked to historical occurrences let us feel connected to our heritage and serve as memories of the past. It gets difficult to maintain the historical background that has influenced these festivals when these dates change from year to year. This may cause the significance of the events to fade over time and contribute to a decline in awareness and respect for our history and culture. Due to its pliable character, the holiday’s historical background may be hard to maintain, and cultural customs may become jumbled and inconsistent.

Holidays are firmly established in our cultural consciousness, and they provide us with essential chances for relaxation, reflection, and celebration. When the dates of these holidays are frequently changed, it disturbs the flow of our lives and can leave us feeling unsettled and bewildered. When it comes to holiday dates, it is critical that we prioritize stability and consistency to allow everyone to efficiently plan and enjoy these important occasions.


Some claim that we Filipinos have short memories and disregard historical dates. While this remark may be true in some ways, the National Historical Commission and the Department of Education should work together to correct this unacceptable behavior by not permitting holiday dates to be moved at the whims and caprices of persons in positions of power and influence.


Let us avoid shifting holiday dates and preserve the importance they hold for our collective well-being and identity.


Barangay Barangka

Marikina City

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