Another thing that I know, Asians love is celebrating holidays. Asians love and practice traditional holidays, colorful festivals, holiday family-gatherings or reunions up until now. Asians have the close-knit family relationships and even to friends and would be really shocked to see the westerners that are living alone.

Here are some of the Asian festivals that I would like to highlight on:
1. Sinulog Festival-The first Asian festival I would like to feature is a popular festival in my country, Philippines. It is celebrated in most of the Visayan region. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of January and lasts for nine days. The last day is the most awaited parade, the Sinulog Grand Parade.

(For more info please click the link below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinulog_festival
---Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)
2. Holi Festival- This festival is celebrated in India every Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmashi (Full Moon) from between February and March. The Holi Festival is observed by Hindus mostly in India and Nepal. The festival is in honor to a story in the old Hindu religion. 

The story was about the king of demons, Hiranyakashipu, who wanted everyone to worship him and no one else; his own son, Phrahlada a devotee to Vishnu, continued to pray to Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu tried to kill his own son, but in vain. After many failed attempts, he ordered Phrahlda to sit in a pyre on the lap of Hiranyakashipu's sister, Holika. Both Hiranyakashipu and Holika are said to have a boon that keeps them from dying so everyone knew that Holika will not be burned. to everyone's surprise, Holika was the one who burned in the pyre and Phrahlda was safe.

The meaning of the colorful powder ,that the people who celebrate the festival attach to themselves, is the symbol happiness and life which Phrahlda gained after many trials.
3 .Chinese New Year- This Asian holiday is observed not only in Asia, but internationally also for some countries and families. The origin of the Chinese New Year is said to be caused by a monster named Nian who attacks and eats people every new year. The people were terrified and began leaving food in front of their houses so that Nian wouldn't eat the people. Nian did this every year and ate the food that the people give him. Nian didn't bother to eat the villagers anymore until one day, they saw Nian scared of a boy who was wearing red. They knew then that Nian was afraid of the color red and began wearing red clothes every new year, making and decorating their houses with red lanterns. they also started to fire fireworcks so that Nian and other bad spirits will be scared away. And truly, their plan was a success; Nian didn't dare bother the people any more for he was to scared to approach the village. Nian was anyway killed also by a taoist monk whose name was Hongjun Laozu.

There are a lot more festivals that Asia celebrates that I want to share, but they are indeed to many. It's interesting though that Asian countries celebrates festivals for their gods, achievements, heroes, and more.

One thing that took my interest is the Holi festival that is celebrated by the Hindus. Seems to me that the idea of the story is somehow similar to Daniel in the Lion's Den and Image of Gold and the Fiery Furnace of the Bible. This story can be found in:
Image of Gold and the Fiery Furnace-Daniel chapter 3

Daniel in the Lion's Den- Daniel chapter 6


Which you can read here online in:  
https://www.bible.com/


(Note: All pictures used in this article are from Google)
 





Leave a Reply.