Philippine Festivities: A Year of Merriment
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Filipinos love to revel. Having the longest Christmas Celebration
In the world is just the tip of the iceberg on how they celebrate. And they don’t just celebrate, they do it ostentatiously and loudly, that it gets contagious enough for travelers to visit the country and to enthusiastically join the gaiety.
What is a festival without the cheerful noise of merrymaking? Filipinos infuse their cultural celebration with extravagant parade, bright costumes and buoyant street dances. The Philippines, as a largely Roman Catholic nation, has several celebrations in honour of religious figures. During January 9, Filipinos celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Religious devotees flock to Quiapo, Manila in order to touch the claimed miraculous image while it is paraded by male devotees around the streets of the Metro.
It is bewildering considering His size, but the Sto. Nino, which literally means “little boy,” has elicit several celebrations around the country as a sign of respect. There’s the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan and Sinulog Festival in Cebu which are simultaneously celebrated during the third week of January as well as Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City that is held on the last week of the same month. All three festivals are characterized by colourful costume parade while vigorously dancing to the dynamic beats of traditional instruments. Ati-Atihan is considered as the Mother of all Philippine Festivals as its streetdance, which is distinctively marked by it its coal covered dancers, served as the inspiration for succeeding Sto. Nino street dance festivals in the country.
The Cutud Crucifixion Rites that is held during Good Friday had already aroused the curiosity of travelers around the globe as they visit San Fernando, Pampanga during the Holy Week to witness the realistic bloody scourging and crucifixion of religious devotees.
When visiting a country, there is no better reception than warm smiles. When up for a trip in the Philippines, it is best to come during October when the Masskara Festival is being held in the City of Smiles, Bacolod City. The event came forth from the locals’ pursuit of surpassing the melancholy brought by the 1980’s crisis thus, the creation of jovial events highlighted by the exhibition of masked participants – from which its name was derived.
For a celebration to be captivating, it has to be grand in nature that either has a startling or an awe-inspiring effect. The Higantes Festival which is celebrated during 23rd of November in Angono, Rizal is a reminiscent of Mardi Gras celebration highlighting the astounding ten to twelve feet paper mache – thus, the term Higantes.The Christmas Capital of the Philippines, San Fernando City in Pampanga, annually holds the Giant Lantern Festival which is celebrated during the Saturday before Christmas Eve. Be entertained with the synchronization of lights display and pulsating music provided by a dozen more of 18-foot lanterns that competes for the grand prize.