What is Bataan Day?
Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan in the Philippines is a yearly celebration of the heroism of Filipino soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the freedom of the country during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines of World War II. This day is celebrated every 9th of April. It is one of the most significant holidays in the country and is declared as a public holiday.
History of Bataan Day
The History of Bataan Day is one of the most significant portions of the history of the Philippines. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, about 76,000 Filipino soldiers were captured and forced to March in Bataan. This is now infamously known as Bataan Death March. It happened on April 9, 1942. The distance was about 145 kilometers and thousands of these soldiers died due to several reasons like dehydration, starvation, and various diseases. But despite this, many of the surviving soldiers participated in battles that prevented the Japanese occupation in many areas. Their immense contribution towards the freedom of the Philippines led to their sacrifice is commemorated each year on April 9.
When is Bataan Day 2019 in the Philippines?
Bataan Day 2019 will be celebrated on April 9, 2019. Unlike the holy week, Bataan Day has celebrated always every 9th of April each year.
How to Celebrate Bataan Day 2019?
Bataan Day is a national public holiday in the Philippines. It follows that government agencies are closed during this day, except those that are related to emergency situations. Schools and universities are also closed which means that students do not have classes and have the day off to themselves. Parades are usually held around the country that is why some streets may be closed and some traffic flows rerouted. The President usually gives his speech in the province of Bataan in the Philippines.
Bataan Day 2019 Quotes and Messages
As part of your Bataan Day 2019 celebration, you should share some inspiring quotes and messages to your friends. If you need a list of such quotes, then take a look below.
- The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
- As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words but to live by them.
- Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.