Nature and Origin of Festival Dances

Festival Dance

Festival DanceFestival dance are cultural dances performed to the strong beats of percussion instruments by a community of people sharing the same culture usually done in honor of a patron saint orinthanksgiving of bountiful harvest. Festival dances may be religious or secular in nature.Some of the famous festivals in the country include Sinulog of Cebu, Dinagyang of Iloilo, Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan, Buyogan and Lingayan of Sbobet Leyte, Bangus of Dagupan,T’nalak of South Cotabato, Maskara of Bacolod City, Bambanti of Isabela, and Kadaywan of Davao.Example:The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), Held on the third Sunday, in the town of Kalibo Philippines in the island of Panay originally came from Batan, Aklan, then adopted later by some neighboring towns. The name Ati-Atihan means “to be like Atis” or “to make believeAtis”, the local name for the Aeta aborigines who first settled in Panay Island and other parts of the archipelago.The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions. It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo City, both adaptations of the Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan Festival, and legally holds the title “The Mother of All Philippine Festivals”in spite of the other two festivals’ claims of the same title.The costumes worn at the festival is patterned after the African tribal design like those seen at the Rio Carnaval

Pahiyas (May 15)

Celebrated in the town of Lucban, Quezon, the Pahiyas Festival is one of the biggest harvest festivals in May. It is held in honor judi bola sbobet of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers.

The festival is deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition of thanksgiving by offering the first produce to San Isidro. It is also a way for the native Lucbanins to pray for good harvest in the future.

The word “pahiyas” means “to decorate” which is exactly what the festival is all about: Lucbanins decorate their houses with fruits, vegetables, flowers, local handicrafts and kiping, a leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafer, to express their gratitude for a bountiful year.

Apart from this, Lucbanins make giant paper mâche statues of farmers for the procession, which is held in different towns to ensure that everyone is blessed with San Isidro’s presence.

Pinyasan (June 15-24)

The town of judi sbobet Daet, Camarines Norte celebrates the Pineapple Festival every year in honor of the town’s foundation day and of the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Then inspired by the Lazones Festival of Camiguin in Mindanao, Camarines Norte mayor Tito Sarte Sarion decided that the town should celebrate its own products instead.Some of the highlights of the festival are the parade of costumes that are made from pineapples or resemble a pineapple and the cooking contest that must make pineapples the star of the meal. In June 2009, the town was also awarded the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest pineapple chain