The Philippine description would not be complete without its soulful celebrations and festivities. This ultimately reflects Filipino customs and traditions, Philippine history, culture, belief, songs, dances, harvest, and others. The Philippine festivals are not just simple celebrations, but instead an honor and commemoration on history. Here are the most colorful and grandest festivals the Philippines has to celebrate.
Ati – Atihan in Aklan: a January Festival of Kalibo in Aklan, this festival highlights the colorful youth costumes, dance, and body painting with black charcoal. This is celebrated in honor to Jesus as an infant.
Sinulog in Cebu: another January festival, but specifically on the third weekend, this is also a celebration of the life of Jesus as a baby. The event features cultural dances in a bright – colored costume, flowers and a flock of tourists in the city.
Panagbenga in Baguio City: a most awaited festival in the city of Baguio every February. Also known as Blooming Flowers Festival, this event boasts the city’s beautiful flowers through creative floats and alluring street dances.
Eid – al – Fitr in SOCCSKSARGEN: a celebration by our Muslim brothers and sisters, this festival culminates their month – long fasting and prayer. Everyone of all ages is dressed in fine clothing and children receive gifts from the elders.
Moriones Festival in Marinduque: Specifically homed at Boac, Magpoc in Marinduque, the festival lasts for a week depicting men and women in colorful clothing. What’s unique about this is that women are wearing a helmet and mask to re – enact the historical life of Roman Soldiers in search for a Roman centurion saint having one blind eye, Longinus.
Santacruzan: Celebrated in the month of May, this is a nationwide conviviality in honor goes Mary, Jesus’ mother. A pageantry of beautiful Filipina ladies and younger girls with male escorts are being conducted. Moreover, many flowers bloom in the Philippines at this time. Thus, it is a joyous time to welcome coming rain to water the new crops.
Pahiyas in Quezon: another commemoration in the month of May, this is one of the most colorful attractions in the country. The beautiful and abundant harvest of farmers are being highlighted, and Filipinos beautify their homes with various kinds of harvests.
Obando Fertility Rites in Bulacan: for couples who have long been dreaming of having a baby, this event is surely worth a try. In the Obando Fertility Rites, a prayer in the form of a communal dance is done to ask God your wish.
Independence in Cavite: This day pays tribute to the independence of the Philippines after more than 300 years of Spanish colonization.
There are some of the many festivals memorializing the Country’s history and keeping them in a festive manner. The festivals are the soul of the Philippines, which one should attend to know more about the place. Truly with such time, there is nothing that should not be celebrated. When it comes to festival celebrations, it’s more fun in the Philippines!