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Holy Week in the Philippines

Being a Catholic country, Holy Week is really a big deal and a must-observe occasion. Most Filipinos would do the Visita Iglesia or church visiting, others would show penance by walking several miles to their favourite church., which in vernacular is termed as Alay Lakad .

When I was younger (like 10 years ago) , me and my friends would do the Alay Lakad . We would walk an approximate distance of 25 kilometres to get to our destination, The Divine Mercy Shrine in Marilao, Bulacan. It would take us three to four hours to cover such distance and while it is tiring, it was worth it. Our hardships, sweat and thirst is nothing compared to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Sadly though, since the start of the new millennium, most have been spending their Holy Week in beach resorts. Government and private offices would be on vacation from Holy Wednesday up until Easter Sunday which means five days vacation! Yes, people would have fun in the sand and beach but would sometimes forget what the Holy Week or Lenten Season is truly about.

My plan is to just attend a mass on Good Friday (which happens to be my rest day) along with the family. Come Easter Sunday, we'll be having our annual family reunion which I have to miss since I have to go to work. Yes, I do have a work schedule when everyone else in my family and circle of friends are enjoying their looong vacation! Ugh! On the brighter side though, that means free meal (during my shift) and double pay. Hooah!

How about you, any plans for the upcoming Holy Week?

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peachpurple wrote on March 30, 2015, 3:04 AM

well it will be a mixed day this sunday. Ching ming festival also known as tomb sweeping day is on sunday. It is same as our ALl souls day. Sad day not happy day. Ironically, it is also Easter sunday, which I was suppose to attend church but my in law wants me to sweep the tombs!

CoralLevang wrote on March 30, 2015, 3:06 AM

There was a time in my life when I would do what good Lutherans did during Holy Week. In 1992, I was no longer a practicing Lutheran, but found myself on the island of Proscida in Italy on Good Friday, so attended the Catholic Good Friday event at the church on the small island, complete with the procession of the life-sized dead Christ on the pallet carried by parishioners through the streets to the church. It was fascinating to be a part of it, and I learned much about people that day.

I will come to dinner at my youngest sister for Easter Sunday.

MommyCharm wrote on March 30, 2015, 3:25 AM

peachpurple maybe you can attend a mass first then head out to sweep those tombs clean! :)

MommyCharm wrote on March 30, 2015, 3:30 AM

CoralLevang I believe Italy also has Catholics, right? Oh well, enjoy your dinner on Sunday!

CoralLevang wrote on March 30, 2015, 3:36 AM

I believe I said that about the Catholic church in Italy. LOL

A good week to you, dear lady.

princesskaurvaki wrote on March 31, 2015, 4:52 AM

I don't have any plan for the end of the week. I just hope we'll have good weather so anytime we want to go outside, we can enjoy it