In the province of Bulacan, a distinct municipality is typically visited by a lot of people today in the course of mid-Could. This is the Municipality of Obando which is around 16 kilometers from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. In the course of Could, a celebration is held for 3 days in honor of the 3 saints of the Obando Church.

History of Obando Fertility Festival

In old instances prior to the Spaniards came, people today think in deities. The people today prior to celebrates fertility in a ritual referred to as “Kasilonawan”. In this celebration, the Babaylans or shamans/healers would dance as an supplying for the deities’ goodwill. When the Spaniards came, they have taught the people today about Christianity, and the deities had been then replaced by saints in the minds of the people today. There is no official record of the feast’s origin, but it has been stated that it was due to the Franciscans’ influence and the discovery of the image of the Virgin in the nearby waters.

The Obando Church

The church is formally named as the San Pascual Baylon Parish Church, and it is element of the Diocese of Malolos. The church was founded by Franciscan missionaries in the course of the Spanish colonial period. The church is the venue for the 3 days feast that honors their 3 patron saints.

The 3 Saints

The 3 saints of Obando are San Pascual Baylon (Saint Paschal Baylon), Santa Clara (Saint Clare of Assisi), and the Our Lady of Salambào. It was stated that the 3 became the saints for the town in relevance to the original rituals by the earlier people today of Obando.

The 3-Day Festival

The feast happens for 3 days, from Could 17 to Could 19 in celebration for every of the saints. The occasion falls every month of Could. Masses and processions are led by the church. Ceremonies are typically held in the morning each and every hour in the course of the festival. Although the procession is held at eight AM for two to 3 hours, exactly where the saint that leads it differs for every day of the feast. The initially day of the celebration is in honor of San Pascual Baylon, the second day is for Santa Clara, and the final day is to celebrate the feast for Our Lady of Salambào.

Outdoors the church in its plaza, some booths sell religious things, neighborhood meals, and other souvenir things. In front of the church and on the streets, there are religious sisters, seminarians, and ordinary people who sell different things like photos of saints, eggs with ribbons, and even balloons. Although there are no shops in the central plaza to make a spot for the dancers.

The Fertility Dance/Sayaw sa Obando

The Fertility dance is the key purpose couples from various components of the nation come to Obando. The dance is held in the course of the procession, following a uncomplicated choreography that has a silent prayer for every step. In the procession, there are dancers that lead the uncomplicated dancing which the couple can effortlessly adhere to. Participants can add their personal prayers in the course of the procession. It is believed that couples who are struggling to conceive a kid will be blessed and lastly have their prayers answered by joining in the feast. There are stories shared about the couples who participated in the fertility dance in the course of the earlier feast have lastly conceived. Some of the couples who had their prayers answered nonetheless joins in the feast to give hope and proof that prayers get answered.

The subsequent festival will be held on Could 17 to 19, 2019, from Friday to Sunday at the San Pascual Baylon Church. The Obando Feast is not only for couples as lots of people today would believe, but it is also a feast that ought to be cherished in honor of the 3 saints who provides hope and strengthens faith.

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