Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks, traditionally to God, for the things that one has at the conclusion of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.

But the Philippine version of Thanksgiving is celebrated every September 21. Pero bakit parang ngayon ko lang yata narinig na meron pala tayong ganyang celebration?

Ang pagiging watak-watak ng Pilipinas ay isa marahil sa dahilan kung bakit mahirap macelebrate ng pinoy ang okasyon. Kung ating isasalin sa tagalog ang ibig sabihin ng thanksgiving, ito ay ang pagdiriwang o pagpapasalamat sa mga biyayang natanggap mula sa nakaraaning panahon ng anihan. While it is true to the US, it is also true to every philippine soil. Kaya lang, we did not celebrate Thanksgiving in unison. Our own version somehow are the different festivities and fiesta almost celebrated everyday by different places.

Below are the must see festivities of the country:



Sinulog Festival/STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL
January / Nationwide (but most fun in Cebu)
A grand procession of over two hundred well-dressed images of the Child Jesus

FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
January 09 / Quiapo, Manila
Millions of the Black Nazarene devotees joined the procession during the Quiapo fiesta. Devotees came from different parts of the country as they believe that by continuing with the yearly family vow or "panata", they will find peace and good health for their families; ask for deliverance from all kinds of calamities,natural and man made; for better health,prosperity and for the stability of our country and world peace.

DINAGYANG FESTIVAL
January 25-26 / Iloilo City (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila by air)
Celebrated every 4th weekend of January in Iloilo City. Spectacle characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing and chanting all day and night.


PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL
Baguio City: February 1- February 29
Biggest Baguio festival of Cordillera flowers on parade, with garden shows, exhibits, lectures and competitions.


MORIONES FESTIVAL
April 13-20 (Holy Week) / Marinduque (45 minutes from Manila by air)
A week-long festival featuring finely-carved masks worn by colorful warriors depicting the fierce Roman soldiers of Christ's time.


MAYOHAN SA TAYABAS
May 11-15 / Tayabas, Quezon (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land)
A thanksgiving event marked with agro-trade fair and the famous agawan ng suman in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers, for the good harvest and abundance of agricultural produce


PAHIYAS
May 11-15 / Lucban, Quezon ( 3 hours from Manila by land)
An annual celebration to usher in a bountiful harvest. Homes are decorated with the town's best agricultural products


OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
May 17-19/Obando, Bulacan ( 1 1/2 hours from Manila by land)
Childless couples, praying that they bear children, do the "fertility dance" on the streets of Obando. The fiesta is observed in honor of Sta. Clara, San Pascual and Virgen de Salambao


ZAMBULAWAN FESTIVAL
June 20 / Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Dipolog City by air; 2 hours 30 minutes from Dipolog City to Pagadian City by land)
Street dancing and colorful parade highlighting native Subanen costumes and rituals.


REGADA WATER FESTIVAL
June 24 / Cavite City, Cavite (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land)
A celebration in honor of Nuestra Señora de Porta Vaga.


SUBAYAN KEG SUBANON FESTIVAL
July 15-16 / Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Cagayan de Oro by air; 3 hours from Cagayan de Oro to Ozamiz City by ferry/land)
A festival showcasing traditional songs, dances and rituals.

KADAYAWAN SA DABAW
August 20-24 / Davao City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila by air)
A festival celebrating the city's bountiful harvest in a form of grand colorful parade of orchid-bedecked floats and tribal street dancing.


TUNA FESTIVAL
Sept. 3-5 / General Santos City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila by air)
The festival is about revelry and gaiety giving back the glory to the ocean for the abundance and bounty of tuna.


MASSKARA FESTIVAL
October 14-21 / Bacolod City (1 hour 10 minutes from Manila by air)
Merrymaking in Sugarlandia where revelers wear colorful costumes and gaudily-decorated masks


LANZONES FESTIVAL
October 25-28 / Camiguin (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 2 hours 15 minutes from Cagayan de Oro City to Camiguin City by land/ferry)
A street dancing extravaganza featuring Camiguin's favorite fruit - the Lanzones


SHARIFF KABUNSUAN FESTIVAL
December 15-19 / Cotabato City/Maguindanao (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by air)
A celebration of the arrival of Islam to the Region


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