Author Name:    Posted: 02/16/2011 04:08:20 PM

Start making your Beef Caldereta, your Lechon Kawali, and your Leche-Flan ‘cause the family is comin’ over!  Thats right...It's fiesta time!

The Babaylan Festival is held on the 19th of February in Bago City, Negro Occidental.  This festival is based on the marriage, baptism, healing, and harvest rituals of the Babaylans who say they receive their healing powers from the spirits unseen.  Dancing, Singing, and drumming to these spirits are standard, as the people are adorned in intricate and beautiful costumes. (as seen in the image above).

Eid El Fitir is a holiday where you can really eat.  For the Muslim community of the Philippines, it marks the end of the 30 day fast, the emergence of the crescent moon, and the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.  This is observed on the 9th of March.

For Holy Week, men and women of Marinduque roam the streets wearing masks that represent biblical Roman soldiers, frightening their fellow villagers.  At the end of the week, women read passages from the Bible as the men reenact the suffering of Christ by whipping themselves and carrying wood on their backs.  This colorful festival has inspired many others in the Philippines based off of folk history.

The largest Philippine festival on the east coast is in Secaucus, New Jersey at the end of August.  With plenty of vendors, performers, the Miss Philippine Fiesta, and the People’s Ball, there will be plenty of reasons to eat pinoy.  By going here you can learn how to be become a vendor and cook your own empanada to sell.

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