The National Youth Day festivities, set to take place in Naga City next year, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The gathering will now take place in a still undetermined month in 2022, the youth arm of the Philippine bishops’ conference said.
Fr. Conegundo Garganta, Commission on Youth executive secretary, said Covid-19 still constitutes a major concern.
He said, “We pray that things will improve and that 2022 will be a better year for our young people to come together.”
In 1986, the bishops’ hierarchy declared every December 16 as National Youth Day.
The event is held in a different host diocese every two or three years, with local celebrations taking place in intervening years.
The last NYD was held in Cebu City in April 2019 and was attended by over 20,000 pilgrims.
Church leaders earlier decided to move the grand celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines from April 2021 to April 2022.