The Philippines are fond of various festivals in a year. Although there are still other festivals in this country, there are top 10 festivals that people should not miss out. Every month and season, they are holding celebrations. Even on some isolated island, they are having their own festivals. If you are planning to visit the Philippines, it is a great idea to visit while there are popular festivals for you will be amazed by the Filipino culture, and you can appreciate how they prepared for such amazing occasion.
Sometimes, festivals in the Philippines are influenced by Spanish and Mexican. Filipino culture was influenced by some of the other countries who tried to colonize the country. Although some of the Filipino festivals are purely Filipino and originated by ancestors, other foreign countries still great affected the Filipino culture. With every single island, locals are fond of festivals, and you should check them out because you will learn much about their culture, and how much fun they are having during these kinds of occasion.
Here are some of the famous Filipino festivals that you should not miss out:
1. Pahiyas Festival
Every year, Lucban Quezon Province is celebrating Lucban Pahiyas Festival. This Pahiyas Festival is celebrated during May 15 of the year which is also known as harvest festivals of the locals. During the hottest season of the year, it is celebrated with the colorful and extravagant design that catches the attention of many people. During this season, travelers and tourists are visiting Quezon to observe the festival.
Why do people in Lucban Quezon are celebrating such an occasion? They are celebrating this to give honor to San Isidro Labrador. This also means that they are giving thanks and gratitude during the time of harvest and healthy produce of plants. During this festival, people are decorating fruits and vegetables in their houses. They are also showcasing these good harvests to be judged by judges to decide which is the best.
2. Masskara Festival
Have you heard about the masquerade party? This kind of theme is used during parties and occasion. Do you know that Bacolod City is holding masquerade party once in a year? This celebration is called the Masskara Festival. In the Philippines, this is one of the most well-known festivals even by tourist. People say that this is the most fun celebration they ever had in a year. During this festival season, there are lots of amazing costumes that tourists would really love. This is celebrated during October 19 of the year.
To celebrate this occasion or festival, they are having colorful dancing with masked dancers and the music is in the rhythm of Latin. The dance with this kind of musical beat means stamina, mastery, coordination, and gaiety. According to Bacolod locals, Masskara festival is the most joyous celebration in their region.
3. Feast of Black Nazarene
You can often hear Black Nazarene on the news as a religious feast. Roman Catholics are giving honor to the statue of Black Nazarene as a way of thanksgiving. During this season, people are crowded, and there is huge traffic in Quiapo, Manila. People are asking the guidance of the Black Nazarene and having high hopes that their prayers would be granted. The statue of the black Christ statue started 200 years ago.
According to religious leaders, participating in this procession might mean good luck and great blessings to individuals. That is the reason why this festival called to be the largest religious procession. People who participate in this event could be living in a different part of the country. Feast of Black Nazarene is celebrated in the 9th of January every year or they called it Good Friday.
4. Ati-Atihan Festival
Young, adult, or old participate in this festival. To Kalibo, Aklan people, this is said to be the most exciting part of the year in their place. Ati-atihan festival is a celebratory feast to give honor to Sto. Niño or the baby Jesus. At this moment, they are displaying their costumes, cultural dances, weapons, and pieces of music. This is celebrated during the 3 rd Sunday of the month of January. If you want to experience how Filipino prepared during Fiesta, you should not miss out this festival.
The name “Ati” originated with the word “Aeta”. Before. There are two stories about why Ati-Atihan festival started. According to some, Malays are searching the island where they could live. They found the island of Aetas and they accepted them peacefully. As a form of gratitude, they started a fest for the peaceful arrangement they had. They started to imitate the appearance of Aetas and they started to sing and dance. Though, in some story, they said that Aetas had a bad harvest, so they asked for help from their Malay neighbors. Malay helped them and Aetas celebrated to give thank to Malay.
When the Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards, they turned this festival into Christian-like celebration and became the feast to give honor to Sto. Niño.
5. Higantes Festival
You can find this festival in Angon Rizal. In this festival, you can see the devotion of the religious Filipino who are still giving honor with this kind of feast and celebration. The size of the giant paper mache turned into statue 12 feet of height and with a diameter of 5 feet. The people in Angono celebrate this festival during the 23 rd of November. Higantes Festival also serves as giving honor to the fishermen saint, San Clemente.
How did this festival originate? This originated when the Spaniards colonized the Philippines. Filipino learned the papier-mache from Spanish friars. They made this kind of art to mock the Hacienda owners. The government also shows support for this festival. They are helping artists who are making giant statues to conduct seminars. This is the reason why this festival is still alive now.
To celebrate this feast, they are having an activity such as basaan. Everyone should get prepared to get wet. People in this parade is sprinkling water which means good luck and blessing. According to people, the water represents San Clemente, which is the patron saint of fishermen.
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