The Republic of the Philippines, a widely Christianized country, is distinctly known for the many feasts and festivals that are celebrated the whole year round all throughout the country. These feasts and festivals are its citizenry’s way of honouring the different Patron Saints that they have grown up believing in, thereby making these celebrations an integral part of the Filipino culture. They are, more often than not, done in the most grandiose and fanciest of ways including the hanging of the most colourful bannerettes all over the town or city celebrating the feast day, grand fluvial parades and street parties, to say the least. Moreover, as these festivals are usually religious in nature, the observance of a High Mass is a customary event. Below are 3 of the biggest and famous festivals in the Philippines that you should watch out for in 2017:
The largest and most popular of them all festivals in the country is the FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE. Held every 9th day of January in Quiapo, Philippines, this particular festival is the most crowded of all, with reports showing as many as 10 million attendees in the most recent festival alone. Multitudes of devotees and believers swarm around the life-sized statue of the Poong Itim Na Nazareno while it is carried in a procession along a usually 6.5 km route. The Black Nazarene is not only believed to be very miraculous with the uncanny power of healing those with terminal illnesses, but many followers also testify that the Nazarene even grants petitions and wishes fervently asked for.
Second on the list and my personal favourite amongst the many festivals in the county is the SINULOG FESTIVAL in beautiful Cebu City, fondly called by the locals as the Queen City of the South. Held every 3rd Sunday of January, Sinulog Festival is celebrated to praise and honour Senior Santo Niño, the child Jesus. It is, in my opinion, the grandest and most colourful of all festivals in the country as it is always celebrated in style. And by style, I mean parades in the most impressive of sorts complete with enormous and gigantic floats decorated frivolously.
Sinulog is a dance ritual performed to pay homage to the great, miraculous image of the Child Jesus. Performers, young and not-so-young alike, flock the streets of Cebu year after year, cheered on by believers and non-believers alike. On the day of the Sinulog itself, whichever part of the city proper you go, a festive mood hangs in the air – you will find all sorts of people grouped together chatting, laughing, drinking, eating, bathing in beer and rejoicing in it, forming new bonds of friendship between people who have just met each other. But the thing I love the most about Sinulog is how devotees and believers and followers of the Child Jesus come together to the old Basilica Minore del Santo Niño to pay homage, to worship and pray, to wave their hands high up in the air in front of the image of Santo Niño while asking, thanking, pleading, venerating Him. On Sinulog days, you get to see how people heartily exalt the name of the Lord through the image of the Child Jesus and later on party together to celebrate Him.
Every year, during the third week of August, the people from the peaceful city of Davao in the southernmost part of the Philippines celebrate the Kadayawan festival. Unlike the first two feasts as mentioned earlier which honour patron saints, Kadayawan is held every year in thanksgiving for bounteous harvest and mostly in grateful recognition for the gifts of nature and the gift of life. Different group Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.s of street dancers also grace the event, and the usual merry-making can be observed. This is perhaps one of the best times to go to malls and stores to horde on stuff because they usually cut the prices and offer promos as their way of celebrating Kadayawan.
So you see, these are only 3 out of the hundreds, and probably thousands of festivals celebrated in the Philippines the entire year, one after the other. This is one of the reasons that it is more fun in the Philippines than anywhere else in the world.
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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.