Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals

Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals

Liana Romulo

Language: English

Pages: 48

ISBN: 0804838216

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This multicultural children's book is full of Filipino holidays, culture, language and stories!

In the Philippines, people love to celebrate—holidays are filled with music and dancing, sometimes with colorful costumes, and always with great food! Rich with detailed watercolors and cultural flavor, Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals makes major holidays (like Christmas) and family gatherings (like weddings and birthdays) come alive.

From these pages, children will learn the history of each holiday, its cultural influences, the varied ways in which people celebrate in different regions of the Philippines, special customs and food, key words and phrases (in English and Tagalog), and more. Games, songs, and other activities invite young readers to join in the fun. New and familiar holidays take on a special flavor as children learn about the diverse cultures that make up this wonderful island nation. Perfect for Filipino-American families looking to share the unique culture of the Philippines, educators interested in promoting multiculturalism in the classroom, or anyone interested in the country, Filipino Celebrations will encourage children ages five to ten to participate and learn while having fun.

Celebrations and festivals include:

  • Mga Kaarawan—Birthdays
  • Semana Santa—Holy Week
  • Mga Barrio Fiestas—Town Festivals
  • Mga Binyag—Baptisms
  • Araw ng Kalayaan—Independence Day and more!

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or chanting the Pasyon. In rural villages, both young and old gather together to chant in the streets every day from six in the morning till ten at night, though one can also chant alone, or in pairs, for a couple of hours or for as long as several days in a row. Stations of the Cross During Semana Santa, we observe the tradition of walking through the Stations of the Cross—key episodes that took place as Christ carried a giant cross on His way to being crucified. Called Via Crucis, each

Christ’s last hours on the cross by recalling His seven last statements or siete palabras. Mainly we quietly pray, do readings, and reflect; but in some areas of the Philippines churchgoers even act out Christ’s suffering before His death. The final words before He died are spoken at precisely 3:00 in the afternoon, the hour of His death: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Easter Encounter The salubong, which means meeting, takes place early Easter Sunday. This is a typical Easter

out. Punch 2 small holes at the edge of your mask where your ears will be. 2 Paint the entire plate black. Let it dry. Then paint in the nose, mouth, and cheeks. 3 Cut different shapes of cardboard and paste them on your mask. 4 Embellish your mask with crêpe paper, sequins, beads, and whatever you can find. 5 Attach feathers to the top edge of your mask. Cut 2 pieces of yarn and tie them into the ear holes. Use the yarn to tie the mask onto your face. Local Harvest Festivals Both

Philippines, therefore—a mix of local and foreign flavors, sights, and sounds. Though it can be hard to understand the complex layers of some celebrations, and even a local might not be able to explain it to you, any occasion you go to will almost certainly involve music, laughter, games, and a whole lot of feasting. Cakes and birthday parties came to the Philippines during the American occupation, as did party hats, confetti, and the practice of singing the Happy Birthday Song. The Filipino

goes over the groom’s shoulders and the bride’s head is a prayer for protection during marriage. unity cord yugal A cord will join loosely the necks of both bride and groom, in the form of a number eight. This symbolizes a union that lasts forever. candles mga kandila The ceremony of lighting the candles is a call for enlightenment, and also a reminder of God’s presence in the ceremony. wedding rings mga singsing As it is all over the world, the wedding ring—whose shape has no

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