Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Viewing Deck Collections; Philippine Local Festivals

The majority of festivals in the Philippines, locally known as "fiestas", may have their own peryas (trade fairs with temporary amusement parks). The origin of most early fiestas are rooted in Christianity, dating back to the Spanish colonial period when the many communities (such as barrios and towns) of the predominantly Catholic Philippines almost always had a patron saint assigned to each of them. Originally encouraged by the Spanish to coincide with Christian holy days, early patronal festivals became vital instruments in spreading Christianity throughout the country. Festivals in the Philippines can be religious, cultural, or both. Several of these are held to honor the local Roman Catholic patron saint, to commemorate local history and culture, to promote the community's products, or to celebrate a bountiful harvest. They can be marked by Holy Masses, processions, parades, theatrical play and reenactments, religious or cultural rituals, trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, pageants and various games and contests. However, festivals in the country are not limited to Christian origins. Many festivals also focus on Islamic or indigenous concepts. There are more than 42,000 known major and minor festivals in the Philippines, the majority of which are in the barangay (village) level. Some festivals, such as Holy Week and Christmas, are declared as public holidays, and thus, are observed and celebrated nationwide.

A festival is an event, usually and ordinarily staged by a local community, which centers on and celebrates some unique aspect of that community and the Festival. Among many religions, a feast is a set of celebrations in honour of God or gods. A feast and a festival are historically interchangeable.

Some of the famous and notable Philippine local festivals celebrated annually are the following;

01. Ati-atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan every 2nd sunday of January
02. Sinulog Festival of Cebu City, Cebu every 2nd sunday of January
03. Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo city, Iloilo every 3rd week of January
04. Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City every February
05. Moriones Festival of Marinuque every holy week 
06. Pahiyas Festival of Lucban, Quezon every 2nd Sunday of May
07. Pintados Festival of Tacloban City, Leyte every last Sunday of July
08. Kadayawan Festival of Davao City every 2nd week of August
09. Masskara Festival of Bacolod City every 3rd Sunday of October
10. Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal every 3rd Sunday of November
11. Giant Lantern Festival of San Fernando, Pampanga every December
Morning Trip to Taong Putik (Mud Men) Festival (Jun. 2016)

Morning Trip to Taong Putik (Mud Men) Festival (Jun. 2016)

San Fernando, Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival (Dec. 2021)

San Fernando, Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival (Dec. 2021)


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