People Power Day, also known as People Power Anniversary and EDSA Revolution Anniversary, is a commemoration of the People Power Revolution in Philippines which overthrew the leadership of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. People in Philippines consider People Power Day as a restoration of democracy in their country. People Power Day is observed annually on 25 February in the Philippines.
When is People Power Day 2014?
People Power Day 2014 falls on Tuesday, 25 February 2014.
The Origin of People Power Day
Background of People Power Day dates back to more than 26 years ago. During 22 to 25 February 1986, a huge mass of people held rallies on the streets of Manila. The people demanded the resignation of Philippines government at that time since the Filipinos thought their government was corrupt, fraudulent, ruthless, and oppressive.
Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) road in Manila became the main spot of rally in which two million Filipinos gathered and delivered oration to force the government to retire. The rally led to the downfall of the Philippines government led by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
People Power Day is also known as Lakas ng Bayan (LABAN) which is the name a certain political party opposing the government in 1986.
People Power Day 2014 Celebration
Although it is not a national holiday in Philippines, all schools are closed while the students are granted a day off. All schools are closed while businesses and stores remain open. Since schools are closed, businessmen and employees usually experience less traffic during People Power Day.
The Filipinos celebrate People Power Day by wearing yellow – the official color of LABAN party. They also make Laban sign by using the forefinger and thumb to form the letter “L”. Many activities and celebrations of People Power Day are held in Manila with EDSA road as the major spot of celebration where a lot of citizens gather around.