Festivals in the Philippines
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Festivals in the Philippines add a unique cultural touch to your vacations. This is arguably the best way to immerse yourself in the country’s rich heritage.

For the most part, the festivals are reminiscent of the Spanish colonial period, introducing religious aspects of Catholicism in the grand feasts. Religion is interspersed with the country’s cultural identity, creating a legendary way for visitors to learn more about the Philippines.

Famous Festivals in the Philippines 2016 and 2017

The most exciting bit of festivals in the Philippines has to be how each of the feasts causes the streets to come alive with exuberant participants and curious visitors. To grasp this verve, visitors must appreciate the fact that most of the religious festivals are held on the days of their respective saints.

Take for instance the Ati-Atihan held every third Sunday of January, and which celebrates and honours Santo Nino. The wildest of all festivals, Ati-Atihan has aptly been referred to as the ‘Mother of all Philippine festivals’. Indulge in the resplendent parades, the energetic dancing and the cheery mood that engulfs Kalibo during Ati-Atihan.

Other major festivals include the delightful Giant Lantern festival, the Sinulog festival as well as the Lanzones festival among others. In addition to the festivities, the locals will often take the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. This is often accompanied by food preparation, and local dishes will usually include pork, chicken and beef. Seafood is sometimes included too.

However you look at it, Festivals in the Philippines are an inherent part of the country’s exuberant culture. Make time to immerse yourself in these colourful events for an unforgettable holiday.

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