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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fiesta Celebration In The Philippines

When I open my MSN IM at 8PM (8AM Philippine Time), I was facing my whole clan on cam. LOL! The kids gets the first spot to talk to me. As if they are saying, NEXT?LOL!

It is our village fiesta in honor of the Divine Mercy (founded by Saint Faustina). It has been instituted by Pope John Paul ll that after Easter, The Feast of The Divine Mercy will be celebrated. I am a Catholic and just happy to note that my village , acknowledge the devotion of the Heart of Jesus as the source of overflowing LOVE and MERCY. I always join the celebration, my way of thanking God for all the blessings he poured on us. Fiesta celebration in the Philippines differ from each barangay (zone ), town or city . As for me, we celebrated twice in a year. We have City Fiesta in honor of Saint Augustine and Divine Mercy in honor of Jesus and remembering the life of Saint Faustina. Fiesta is a time for family gatherings. The host/hostess takes care of all the food preparation. Unless, other family member wanted to share /bring some food. This celebration is also a time for sharing, whoever wants to eat are welcome. Even strangers! This happened during City/Town Fiesta. They usually knocked on the door and their preference really is a take home food. Which the host/hostess willingly gave them anyway.

So proud of my mother because she did all the preparation and she hired my cousin as a Cook. Christian is a born cook. He was laughing when I said, I do my share of cooking here too. They did pretty good with the side dish and LECHON (roasted pig) takes over the center of the table. Typical Filipino main Food for every big occasion. My hubby was amazed to see my extended family jam packed in my bedroom just to talk to me. Delighted to see them all and I felt like I was there with them too. My mother was so happy of course, and that's what matters most to me. She likes to entertain her guests. Her close friends were there too. She was doing a good job and all the credits goes back to her. I stayed at 4AM (wide awake) talking to each one of them. My mom is the last person I talk to and she was so happy , tired but happy for the day's celebration.

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