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Vibrant colors of Pahiyas Festival
The Philippines itself is very known for celebrating festivals all around its cities and provinces. Come month of January festivals are starting to kick in. And it really feels great to personally witness how a festival is being celebrated in the Philippines. Since month of May is fast approaching and if you wish to relax your eyes from seeing city lights and buildings and you want to see vibrant surroundings, then come visit and witness the Pahiyas Festival.
Pahiyas Festival is a celebration since the 16th century. It is being celebrated in honor to San Isidro Labrador. It is said that according to the story which was passed on by the Spaniards to the Filipinos, San Isidro magically plowed the field every time he went out of the church. “Pahiyas” means “precious offering”. The celebration gives life to the historic streets of Lucban, Quezon every May 15th. Filipinos creativity can be seen as they are excitedly decorating their simple houses with colorful fruits, vegetables, rice grains, rice stalks, flowers and ferns. Everyone wants to be unique and is aiming to win the competition for having the best decorated house.
During the celebration, Lucban is dressed up with vibrant colors that will really awe your sight. Ofcourse, the traditionally called “kiping” which is made from rice dough added with different kinds of leaves to give flavor and color to the thin wafers are arranged in two or three layers of chandeliers.
But what the people of Lucban and it’s nearby provinces are really looking forward to is the festival’s main event which is the procession of San Isidro Labrador’s image being carried by his devotees. People of Lucban displayed their good harvests outside their houses during the procession so that the priest can bless them. The winner for having the best decorated house will share their good harvests by throwing them to the crowd. The festival’s main purpose is to give thanks to San Isidro Labrador, the Patron Saint of Farmers for giving them good harvests.
Description of the Place
Lucban, officially the Municipality of Lucban is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. Lucban is said to be the Art Capital of Quezon province. The municipality is known for its annual Pahiyas Festival, celebrated every May 15 in honor of San Isidro Labrador the Farmer.
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Shana Paragas is a freelance customer support. She used to work in the BPO Industry for 10 years as a Team Leader. As she lives in one of the provinces in the Philippines, she was inspired to write blogs about her country's festivities to give ideas to tourists who would love to visit her country.
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