In the province of Bulacan, a certain municipality is typically visited by a lot of men and women through mid-May possibly. This is the Municipality of Obando which is about 16 kilometers from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. In the course of May possibly, 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 ahead of the Spaniards came, men and women think in deities. The men and women ahead of celebrates fertility in a ritual named “Kasilonawan”. In this celebration, the Babaylans or shamans/healers would dance as an providing for the deities’ goodwill. When the Spaniards came, they have taught the men and women about Christianity, and the deities have been then replaced by saints in the minds of the men and women. There is no official record of the feast’s origin, but it has been mentioned 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 portion of the Diocese of Malolos. The church was founded by Franciscan missionaries through 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 mentioned that the 3 became the saints for the town in relevance to the original rituals by the prior men and women of Obando.
The 3-Day Festival
The feast happens for 3 days, from May possibly 17 to May possibly 19 in celebration for each and every of the saints. The occasion falls each and every month of May possibly. Masses and processions are led by the church. Ceremonies are typically held in the morning each hour through the festival. Although the procession is held at eight AM for two to 3 hours, exactly where the saint that leads it differs for each and every day of the feast. The 1st 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 products, regional meals, and other souvenir products. In front of the church and on the streets, there are religious sisters, seminarians, and ordinary people who sell a variety of products like photos of saints, eggs with ribbons, and even balloons. Although there are no shops in the central plaza to make a location for the dancers.
The Fertility Dance/Sayaw sa Obando
The Fertility dance is the key explanation couples from diverse components of the nation come to Obando. The dance is held through the procession, following a uncomplicated choreography that has a silent prayer for each and every step. In the procession, there are dancers that lead the uncomplicated dancing which the couple can simply stick to. Participants can add their personal prayers through the procession. It is believed that couples who are struggling to conceive a kid will be blessed and ultimately have their prayers answered by joining in the feast. There are stories shared about the couples who participated in the fertility dance through the prior feast have ultimately conceived. Some of the couples who had their prayers answered nevertheless joins in the feast to give hope and proof that prayers get answered.
The subsequent festival will be held on May possibly 17 to 19, 2019, from Friday to Sunday at the San Pascual Baylon Church. The Obando Feast is not only for couples as several men and women would assume, but it is also a feast that must be cherished in honor of the 3 saints who offers hope and strengthens faith.
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