What are the main festivals of Philippines and How are it celebrated ???

Bangalore, India
September 12, 2009 6:05am CST
We in India have different Festivals in different States. This is the festival season. The Festivities will start from the month of August and it will continue till February. Most of the big festivals will come in this period. The Main festivals are Deepavali. This is a festival of lights. Most of the houses will be decorated with lights. Also the use of crackers will be high. Dusserrah, Holi, Ganesh Festival, Durga Pooja etc...These all celebrated in the most parts of the country and mainly celebrated by the Hindus . Apart from these festivals each states have their festivals according to their customs. Christmas, Easter and New Year will be celebrated in most parts of Inida even if the Christians are minority here. Ramzan and Bakrid is the main festivals of Muslims. This is also celebrated in most parts of the country. What are the main festivals of Philippines and how is it Celebrated ????
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
The Philippines celebrates fiestas all year round. That is because the different towns and barrios are mostly named after saints such as San Pedro, San Jose, Santa Maria and so on. Foremost amongst the saints is San Isidro, the patron saint of the farmers and the fisher folks. And since the Philippines is an agricultural islands as well as an archipelago conducive to fishing, the country is most festive on the 15th of May, the feast of San Isidro. We have the kneeling carabaos in Pulilan, Bulacan, the kiping or rice flakes festivities in Quezon, the caracao dance in Cavite, and many more. The fiestas are very colorful with banderitas or small flags hanging on the streets. Won't be complete without the bands and the procession and the feast in every home.
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• Bangalore, India
12 Sep 09
Hi...eileen Thank you for your participation in this discussion and for the inputs. Even in India also there are a lot of festivals for the godesses . Being a Christian domiated country most of the festivals are thanks giving or rememberance festivals for the Saints. As in Philippines we will also use the bands and most of the regional festivals and festivals at churches and temples will have big procession. Wish you many happy days and festivals ahead !!!!
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@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
13 Sep 09
She described it so well.
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
14 Sep 09
Thanks guys, I know you are two people who are as grateful to the Creator as I am. That is why I like fiestas. I think God loves parties, too. Oops, I meant Caracol of Cavite. It's a thanksgiving dance.
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
Hello mdvarghese. I am glad that an Indian like you is curious about our culture. Why is that so? Anyway, we are celebrating a lot of festivals in our country and it depends on the province you are residing. In my case, i live in the city. And i think the nly festival around this area is The feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. It is one of the miraculous Saints here in the country and is very famous among devotees and Catholics. Furthermore, if you want more information about the festivals of our country, you could check out this website. I think it has complete details of what you are asking about. http://www.philippinecountry.com/festivals.html Happy mylotting!
• Bangalore, India
12 Sep 09
Hi..penguin Thank you for participating in this discussion and for the link of the philippine festivals. It is interesting to know that Philippines also celebrating a lot of festivals like their Indian counterparts. As you said, I am curious about the Philippines culture and the customs. I have no specific reasons for that. Already I had some discussions about the Philippines and many more have to come. Expecting your co operation. Wish you many happy days and festivities ahead !!!!
@Azaerus (821)
• Philippines
13 Sep 09
Hi there, Oh I can't really count how many festivals we have here in our country for almost every region celebrates their own festival on a certain month. I can describe one of the biggest festivals we have here though. Here in my city, every year we celebrate the "Flower Festival" wherein dancing marching bands from different places and schools come to join the celebration. The bands will perform all the way in our main city road going to the main park or stadium and there,each band will be given the chance to show-off their special dance while playing their instruments. It's more like the rose parade but it is with no doubt more lively. The parade with the marching bands will last for one day and then the next day the Float parade comes. All the materials used to decorate the floats are different kind sof flowers,from roses to daisies to sunflowers andmany more. The float parade is really colorful and many foreigners come here in our city just to witness the big event. The "Flower Festival" is celebrated here for the whole month of February,but sometimes because tourists still come here even if the event is almost over,our city mayor sometimes extends the celebration for a week or two. We also celebrate the Christmas and New Year here in our country. These Holidays are the most celebrated ones in here and every Filipino family makes sure they prepare lots of cuisines and presents when these Holidays come.
• Bangalore, India
13 Sep 09
Hi...Azaerus Thank you for your response. The Flower Festival is very interesting. From your description, I guess this will be the most beautiful festival all around the world. I want to know whether this fesival is celebrated by any particular religion or it is a part of the Philippine culture. Wish you many happy days ahead!!!!!
@Azaerus (821)
• Philippines
14 Sep 09
The festival doesn't have anything to do at all with the religion,all people from all religion are welcome to join and celebrate and enjoy the fun that the festival brings.Our city celebrates flower festival as part of our city tourism. And one of the products that our city have are differnet kinds of flowers,that's why we celebrate flowers fest as one way to attract more tourists and to promote our products. Hope someday you get to witness our city festival.:)
• Bangalore, India
14 Sep 09
Hi...Azaerus Thank you for the information and it is interesting that all people irrespective of their religion is united to celebrate such a festival. I am crossing my fingers to witness some of the festivals or to visit the beautiful country
@julyteen (13258)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Sep 09
Kadayawan in Davao City is the very known festival here in the Philippines, it is celebrated every August 16 every year, another festival also celebrated in Cebu City every January. Some cities also have their own festivals. Hope you can visit us here so that you can witness the prestigious festivals in our country.
• Bangalore, India
12 Sep 09
Hi...teen Thank you for your paricipation in this discussion. It is happy to note that like Inidan the Philippines are also celebrating a lot of festivals round the year. Visiting Philippines is one of my ambitions and I hope that I can. Wish you many happy days ahead !!!
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
13 Sep 09
Come to my country even if there are no festivals.There are alot of places to see.It is beautiful country
• Bangalore, India
13 Sep 09
Thanks for the invitation.
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
Glad to hear about your interest in our culture. Anyways, I live in Davao City and we have this festival known all throughout the country. It is called Kadayawan Festival, which aims to celebrate and commemorate the rich culture of the city and the abundance of all produce. After all, MIndanao (where Davao City is located) is considered as the country's food basket due to the abundance of produce, such as fruits, vegetables, among others. It also aims to commemorate the different tribes that make up the city.
• Bangalore, India
16 Sep 09
Hi...Abby Thanks for the post. It is interesting to know that as in India, Philippines also celebrate when there is abundence of produce. Some of the important festivals in the Indian states are celebrated immediatelyafter the harvest season.So there will be fruits, vegetables,food grains and money with the people to celebrate. I wanted to know that whether these celebratrions are part of any religious rituals or it is a festival like the "Flower Festival"
@iceydon (342)
• Philippines
14 Sep 09
Most of Philippine festivals are in accordance with religious beliefs. As predominantly catholic practitioners festivities are so emersed in religious practice of the people. Fiestas are well celebrated through out the country.And each place has different patron or patroness.There are too many to mention. The most recognized would be Sinulog of Cebu, Atiatihan festival,Penafrancia of bicol, Moriones of Marinduque, Black Nazarene of Quiapo, Pahiyas of Quezon and many more.Dancing all night long,eating, drinking, parades of beauties etc complete any fiesta celebrations.
• Bangalore, India
14 Sep 09
Hi...ice It is fun and interesting from your brief about the festivity Wish you many happy days ahead !!!!
• Philippines
13 Sep 09
One of the famous Festivals here in the Philippines is the Moriones Festival. It is done every April here in the Philippines. It is a somewhat like a representation of the crucifixion of Jesus. Morion means "mask" or "visor." It is really fun. Come and experience it.
• Bangalore, India
13 Sep 09
Hi...grace Thank you for your response.We catholics in India will celebrate the Good Friday. This is a representation of the crucifixation of Jesus.This day will observe as a day for mourning and fasting.There will not be any fun as your Moriones day. Thanks for your invitation and wish you all happiness .