Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sweet Shot Tuesday | Pahiyas Festival 2011

Pahiyas Festival 2011

I have always dreamed of seeing the wonderfully decorated houses in Lucban, Quezon every May when they celebrate the annual Pahiyas Festival - a colorful festival in honor of San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Laborer), the patron saint of farmers. Every 15th of May, people of Lucban decorate their houses with different offerings, all related to agriculture.

This house in particular, was decorated with yard long beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, finger chilies, and rice. Other houses were adorned with carrots, gourds, coconuts, and a whole lot more. Though houses may differ in decorations (there is a contest for the most beautiful decoration, too, by the way), one common decoration the houses have was the "Kiping," the leaf shaped decorations made from rice paste. In this image, the kiping were the ones used in making the petals of the flowers, as well as the dangling decorations on the top part of the window. The same material was also used in making the diamonds/triangle shapes, as well as the background for "San Isidro Labrador."

Taking part of this year's festival was a dream come true for me. I am blessed to have a friend whose family hailed from Quezon Province (but their family is from the neighboring town of Tayabas), who invited me to come see the festival.

*** Jenn ***

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