The lent is a time for penance. For plenty of Filipinos, though, it’s a time for a bunch of do’s-and-don’t’s. On this post, from meatless diets to parenting sleight-of-hands, we list 10 odd things Filipinos do during the Holy Week.
Follow the “senakulo” like it’s your crush’s Twitter
The senakulo is a street play re-enacting the life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. People would follow the play to each station, because a play isn’t a play without an audience, huh?
Witness a person professing his faith by crucifying himself
One of the key scenes in the senakulo is Christ’s crucifixion. Men will have themselves nailed to a giant cross as an act of submission to God.
You must become a pescatarian for a week
The Galunggong and Munggo diet.
Join the established tradition of watching Eat Bulaga drama specials
Because no other “dramatic” actors are working during the season.
Or join the marathon of Mel Gibson’s not-really-good version of The Passion of the Christ (and a bunch of other religion-centric movies), even if you have already watched it a number of times before
But hey, there’s free popcorn from the Barangay, so…
No loud noises after six o’clock, for the Lord dies on Good Friday and evil spirits are at bay
“Bawal mag-laro, bawal mag-tawanan, bawal mag-ingay.” Basically, North Korea.
Force your kid into a Pabasa even though the kid can’t read for crap yet
Parents, come on.
Good Friday is the one day of the year where it’s culturally allowed to not take a shower
You can’t also clean your house, because logic.
Black Saturday is the young boy’s date with manhood. Oplan Tuli, mga bes!
Every boy in the block will be wearing loose shorts or skirts.
Easter Sunday is you binge-eating meat you tried not to eat for the past week.