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LENT IN THE PHILIPPINES

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Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works. It is a 40-day solemn religious observance in the Christian Community. The number of days commemorates the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which He endured temptation by Satan. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.

For most days of the lent, most towns in the Philippines get eerily quiet. TV and radio stations take a break from their regular programs. Instead, they show Biblical movies.  Making loud noises is forbidden, people prefers not to eat meat, children are discouraged to play, and were even told to stay safe inside the house because there will be “no God” for several days. According to the elderlies, wounds you get on this day will never ever heal. The more devout ones go on a completely liquid fasting. Durimg this season, make sure you have supplies, especially food, stocked up because business establishments are closed.


Let’s take a closer look and learn mora about the Holy Week as spent in the Philippines.

KUWARESMA (Lent)

Filipinos remember Christ’s suffering and death and resurrection during this season. Forty days before Easter Sunday, Kuwaresma commences with Ash Wednesday.  Seeing Catholic Filipinos coming from church with ash on their foreheads in the shape of a cross is a normal sight. It actually signifies that Kuwaresma has started.

SEMANA SANTA (Holy Week)

The Holy week starts from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday. In the Philippines, it is traditionally a solemn occasion and a time for serious atonement and penance.

PALM SUNDAY (Palaspas)

This part of the Lent commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Just like what the believers of Jesus did in the Bible times,, Filipinos bring to church palm fronds, locally called palaspas, to be blessed by the priests; After the mass, they bring the palaspas back home with them.

GOOD FRIDAY (Viernes Santo or Mahal na Araw )

This day remembers the crucifixion and death of  Christ. religious figures being carried through the towns in a prusisyon. The religious images and statues are veiled in black in mourning of the death of Jesus.

During Viernes Santo, there’s a belief that warns against getting hurt on Good Frida.  wounds you get on this day will never ever heal.

EASTER SUNDAY (Linggo ng Pagkaubhay)

It is more than just an Easter Egg Hunt! Remember that on the third day after the crucifixion, Jesus resurrected.  

The resurrection established Jesus as the Son of God and is cited as proof that God will righteously judge the world

During this season, let us not forget the reason behind Jesus’ death on the cross.  He died for all of us. He bought us all from our sins, and die instead on or behalf. Let us not forget, that Jesus died, so that we nay all live.

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