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Last Sunday was a holiday known as Easter which is the most joyful holiday to Christians around the world.
In the Philippines most people follow the Catholic faith and Easter is a very significant holiday. Catholic Filipinos are very passionate about the Easter holiday and fully devote their time to it during “Holy Week” which is the week before Easter.
During this time, people go to church everyday and most people fast by not eating meat or even by drinking liquid alone all week.
Many Filipinos also like re-enacting the event of Jesus’ torture. People do this by whipping their backs, and wearing crowns of thorns during the public celebration. Some even choose to nail their hands and feet to a wooden cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus.
On Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus, they have ceremonies in the church where they place flower petals on a picture of the Virgin Mary and celebrate how the world has been saved.
As you can see, the celebration of Easter in the Philippines is much different than how most United States Americans celebrate the holiday! The Philippines is famous for this way of celebration and many people from around the world come to see it!
"Super Typhoon Haiyan and surging rice prices pushed the number of Filipinos living in poverty to 25.8 percent in the first half of last year despite strong economic growth, official data released Friday showed." ~ AFP New When I think about our economy vs the Philippine's economy, I feel grateful for the small economic stability we have in the United States." ~ Sparkley Turtle