In the Philippines, November 1 is considered All Saints Day or Undas and November 2 is All Souls Day but both days are considered an occasion to pay respect to our departed loved ones.
This is a solemn occasion but just like most parts of the world celebrating Halloween, it is still celebrated with as much fervor as fun, Philippine fiestas. There are many rituals and activities involved in this annual observance as this is also an occasion for families to get together.
Have you ever wondered how the tradition of Halloween started? Today’s Halloween celebrations is a merging of many different past traditions which may not necessarily be scary or associated with the dead.
While most people see this tradition as a special occasion to spend time with family and friends, some people have samhainophobia or a fear of Halloween. Let’s hope you aren’t fearful of Halloween so you can learn some fascinating facts about this annual observance.
The concept of sharing our blessings is a teaching that we often hear as children. Sadly, we do not practice this very much as we grow older and we don’t often encounter such generosity from other people either. This is mostly due to financial reasons but also due to having a poverty mindset.
In fact, generosity in the form of a “tithe” or a giving fund should be a habit and should be part of our monthly budget. Here are some reasons why we should develop and maintain the practice of tithing.
When you order a cup of coffee at your favourite cafe or buy instant coffee at the grocery store, do you know what coffee you are getting? You may already have a favourite from the coffee menu in your favourite cafe but the Philippines actually grows four (4) varieties of coffee that are grown in other parts of the world, plus one (1) special variety that is uniquely produced.
Grief is a journey that you go through as a natural response to the death of something or someone significant in your life. This journey involves going through a roller coaster of emotions – from shock, anger, guilt, denial, sadness, fear – all of which can be overwhelming. Going through grief also affects your physical health. Most people find it difficult to sleep, eat or even think about other things aside from their loss.
Going through a period of grief can be an intense experience which means that taking of yourself while on this journey is even more important. There are ways to help you work through your grief while being able to live your life as normally as possible.
Grief is always a complicated process and its effects are different for each individual. Consoling someone in grief is also a delicate situation and saying “I’m sorry for your loss” doesn’t really help that much to alleviate the person’s pain.
There are reasons for not saying this phrase to a grieving person and some suggestions on what to say instead.
Dining out with friends? There are social rules to follow when you are going out with friends. Follow them and you will have a great time enjoying each other’s company. Ignore them and you might end up wishing that you should just have stayed at home and watched your favorite television show.
On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in helpless horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed with flames. It was undergoing a restoration work when the fire broke out. Although the Cathedral was not totally destroyed, its wooden roof was totally burned together with much of its interiors. After the fire, unprecedented amount of donations poured in not just from France but from around the world to help reconstruct the Cathedral.
For Christians, Holy week is supposed to be a time to reconnect with God by reflecting on the life and sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. Unfortunately in the Philippines, Holy Week had become synonymous to a chance to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life because of the long holiday. Well, there is nothing wrong with having fun as long as we remember the essence of Holy Week.
The Holy Week or Semana Santa, is a yearly tradition that is observed religiously in the Philippines. The days comprising it are called mahal na araw or holy days. The week -long tradition is accompanied by various rituals and activities where people do their penance as they commemorate the passion and death of Christ.
No matter where you are in the world, you have probably heard or even witnessed the Chinese New Year celebration. This is not surprising at all considering the fact that more than 1.4 billion people on the planet, about 1/6 of the world’s population, is celebrating Chinese New Year this year.
Carved in the mountains of Ifugao, the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in the Philippines. The rice fields were planted by Ifugaos, the indigenous people of the mountainous region in northern Philippines some 2,000 years ago.