Why Filipinos Celebrate Fiestas
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Why Filipinos Celebrate Fiestas

Filipinos generally love fiestas and they celebrate these events to honor the different saints that they believe have miraculous powers.

For hundreds of years, the Filipinos have been celebrating fiestas of different kinds to honor their saints and give importance to the miracles that the saints have gifted them. Filipinos generally love fiestas and celebrations because this is a part of their life.

The Philippines is perhaps one of the countries with the most yearly celebrations and events. The most highlighted are the fiestas in different places as celebration for the patron saints which were introduced before by the Spanish conquistadores. The Philippines has been ruled by the Spanish government for three hundred and thirty-three years which made the Philippines a highly religious country.

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There are countless fiestas in the Philippines and these festivals are celebrated in honor of the different saints. The Spanish rule in the Philippines for many years has taught the Filipinos to love fiestas of all types. The Filipinos generally love and are excited with all types of festivals which are celebrated yearly in different places in the Philippines.

The celebrations come in different months so if you are planning to visit the Philippines anytime of the year; you will be able to witness a festival that you haven’t seen in any part of the world. Filipinos love to celebrate festivals with plenty of activities including food. The roasted pig which they call “Lechon” is the best delicacy that highlights the food during fiestas. There is no excitement if there is no lechon because this is the most delicious food that a Filipino family could offer to the guests during festivals.

Filipinos are generally fond of good food. There are countless delicious dishes that Filipinos could cook. These dishes are local and international. Filipinos are good cooks and they learn fast. Today, the Filipino cook does not only cook local Filipino dishes but international dishes learned from different kitchens from all over the world.

The fiestas are enjoyed by many tourists when they visit the Philippines. There are different types of fiestas that the tourists in the Philippines could witness when they want to visit the Philippines anytime of the year.

The fiestas are celebrated for different reasons. Some fiestas are celebrated to thank the patron saint for a good harvest. Some are celebrated to show how much the people love the saint and some fiestas are celebrated to ask for blessings from the saints. In short, fiestas are celebrated because of the people’s love for the different saints.

Many Filipinos have lived their lives believing in the miraculous power of the saints. This is the reason why many Filipinos celebrate fiestas to honor the saints and thank them for the blessings they are bestowing the Filipino people.

You can probably arrive in the Philippines at any time of the year and find a fiesta in many parts of the Philippines. Here is a list of the 10 best fiestas in the Philippines.

1.      Dinagyang Festival, which means “Merry Making”, and is held in honor of Santo Nino and is held in Iloilo. This festival is held on the 4th Sunday of January, and is considered a religious, cultural and spectator type festival.

2.      Sinulog Festival in Cebu, is a dance ritual that honors the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. This festival is held on the 3rd Sunday of January.

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3.      Ati-Atihan, held in Kalibo, Aklan is a festival that is religious, cultural and also a participative type festival. It is held on the 3rd Sunday of January.

4.      Pahiyas Festival, held Lucban, Quezon on May 15th that is Thanksgiving celebration San Isidro Labrador, the Patron Saint of Farmers.

5.      Cutud Cruxificions, held in San Fernando, Pampanga every Good Friday at 3 PM. This festival A Holy Week Re-enactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

6.      Masskara Festival, held in Bacolod is a masquerade party to life up the spirits of the people in Bacolod after the sugar crises that happened during the 1980’s. This party is held on the third weekend of October or the weekend that is closest to October 19th.

7.      Panagbenga Festival, held in Baguio, is a flower festival that is held on the last Sunday in February.

8.      Hot-Air Balloon Festival, held in Clark, Pampanga from Thursday to Sunday during the 2nd or 3rd week of February. This is a 4 day event featuring hot-air balloons and everything else that flies and is a great air show.

9.      Kadayawan Festival, held in Davao. This festival is a Thanksgiving celebration to the harvest Davao's fruits, flowers, and farm produce.

10.  Ligligan Paraul, is a festival held in San Fernando, Pampango on the second Saturday in December. This festival is a fun giant lantern competition.

As you can see there are many different types of festivals and celebrations in the Philippines that celebrate all types of events. And this is just a small list as there are hundreds of beautiful and fun festivals all throughout the Philippines. It is important to make the best travel plans and lodging plans before you leave for each location in the Philippines.

For more information, check out Festival Guide to the Philippines.

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Very nice article about the Filipino culture on celebration. Voted up

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