There are more than 42,000 known major and minor festivals in the Philippines, the majority of which are in the village level. Due to the thousands of town, city, provincial, national, and village fiestas in the country, the Philippines has traditionally been known as the Capital of the World’s Festivities. There are a number of holidays, long weekends and top festivals in the Philippines that happen throughout the year. These vibrant festivals are characterized by the history, artistry, creativity, and passion of the people. While some of them take place for just a day, a lot of them are celebrating for a week and even for an entire month.
Travellers are attracted by these celebrations, along with the energetic, colourful, and fun environment they create. In fact, some of the celebrations are some of Asia’s most popular festivals.
Here is a list of the best and must-see festivals in the Philippines:
1. Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
2. Giant Lantern Festival
Anyone will feel the holiday vibes during the Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga. San Fernando City or the Christmas Capital of the Philippines organizes the competition of giant lanterns during the weekend before Christmas Eve.
Participants create gigantic and bright lanterns made from locally sourced materials and parade them to each barrio in Pampanga before the midnight mass of Christmas.
3. MassKara Festival
The MassKara Festival in Bacolod is a giant masquerade party hailing from the country’s City of Smiles. It is held in October and thousands of young people wear colorful masks decorated with flowers, feathers, beads, and paints.
Make sure to participate in the festival to get a full picture of the province. It’s filled with people wearing festive costumes and masks while dancing with the beat of the loud music and spreading the friendly, welcoming, and happy atmosphere.
4. Aliwan Festival
Conducted in April month, Aliwan Festival in Pasay City of Metro Manila, is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines.
This festivity is known as more of a competition. It aims to promote the diversity in the country, with thousands of participants showcasing their cultures.
5. Pahiyas Festival
During the month of May, Lucban showcases a unique harvest festival also known as the Pahiyas Festival.
Locals decorate their homes in lively and vibrant colors. Farm produce like handicrafts, fruits, vegetables, and kiping (rice wafers) are hanging around the houses as decorations. People also bring in their own baskets and pick the fresh produce – free of charge!
6. Ati-Atihan Festival
The Ati-Atihan Festival is known as the granddaddy of the festivals in the Philippines, the celebration that started many festivals in the country. This festival in Aklan is also one of the oldest and is known as the best and the biggest Mardi Gras in the Philippines.
Held in January, this grand festival lasts for the whole week, often starting its peak during the third Sunday of the month of January. With activities set from sunrise to sunset, people are parading on the streets with colorful paints on their faces and wearing indigenous costumes.
The highlights of the Ati-Atihan Festival are the tribal dances, the booming drum beats, the loud chants, and the Catholic rituals, which will surely make any visitor dance their heart out.
There are other festivities of Philippines which can be explored and enjoyed a lot. So, plan your trip, pack your bags, and take a long break towards the land of festivities at any time of the year.
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