Work and classes will not be suspended on November 2, All Souls’ Day, Malacañang said on Saturday.
All Souls’ Day is a Catholic feast day for remembering departed loved ones. This year, it falls on a Monday.
In a radio interview, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not declare November 2 a holiday.
“Pasensya na po, hindi po holiday ‘yung November 2. Marami pong nagtatanong sa akin (My apologies, November 2 is not a holiday. Many have been asking me about it),” Valte told government-run dzRB radio.
“We have two days to pay our respects to our departed loved ones. Our preparations for this year will be the same,” she added in Filipino.
People usually flock to cemeteries starting October 31 or the eve of All Saints’ Day, November 1.
November 1 (Sunday), All Saints’ Day, is declared a special non-working day.
Meanwhile, Valte said that the government is already preparing for the All Saints’ Day weekend.
She said that aside from security, the main concern for the government is the flow of traffic going to and from cemeteries and the provinces.
“It will be ensuring that there will be an orderly flow of people going to our major cemeteries and for those who may be going to the provinces to visit their loved ones,” she said.