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FROM MB by Gino Sidocon: FILIPINO SUPERSTITIONS, PRACTICES DURING HOLY WEEK


MARCH 25 -PALASPAS, Palm Sunday (MB File Photo)
The Holy Week involves a lot of religious activities and celebrations. It is a week filled with different traditions and practices happening all over the country and those in the Christian world. From fasting to numerous processions, Filipinos have it. But one thing that makes the Holy Week celebration of Filipinos different, even unique, from other nations is their superstitions and belief. These superstitions, whose origins are uncertain, started a long time ago. Some of them are observed in any normal day; while there are those that apply only to certain times like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, birthdays, funerals, and the Holy Week. Since the country is in observance of the Holy Week, it would be good if people are made aware of some of the most practiced and observed superstitions during this time of the year. The use of “Palaspas” Palm fronds or “Palaspas” are used during the final Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday. It marks the beginning of the Holy Week where the people reenact the coming of Jesus to Jerusalem. In honor of his coming, these palm fronds are used as homage for Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. During the Palm Sunday mass, the fronds are distributed to the parishioners (while others bring/buy theirs) and are blessed by the priest. They are to be kept for the whole year and to be used for next year’s Ash Wednesday. READ MORE...

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Filipino superstitions and practices during the Holy Week


PALASPAS, Palm Sunday (MB File Photo)

MANILA, MARCH 28, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Gino Sidocon March 25, 2016 - The Holy Week involves a lot of religious activities and celebrations. It is a week filled with different traditions and practices happening all over the country and those in the Christian world. From fasting to numerous processions, Filipinos have it. But one thing that makes the Holy Week celebration of Filipinos different, even unique, from other nations is their superstitions and belief.

These superstitions, whose origins are uncertain, started a long time ago. Some of them are observed in any normal day; while there are those that apply only to certain times like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, birthdays, funerals, and the Holy Week.

Since the country is in observance of the Holy Week, it would be good if people are made aware of some of the most practiced and observed superstitions during this time of the year.

The use of “Palaspas”

Palm fronds or “Palaspas” are used during the final Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday. It marks the beginning of the Holy Week where the people reenact the coming of Jesus to Jerusalem. In honor of his coming, these palm fronds are used as homage for Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

During the Palm Sunday mass, the fronds are distributed to the parishioners (while others bring/buy theirs) and are blessed by the priest. They are to be kept for the whole year and to be used for next year’s Ash Wednesday.

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People believe that these fronds have the power to ward off evil and bad luck. This is the reason why they are placed inside the house, usually in front of the doors. Some place them in different corners, even windows, of their homes.

The power of “Anting-anting”


Amulet Market (Photo Courtesy of Vasenka Photography via Flickr)

Amulets or as Filipinos would call them “Anting-anting”, “bertud” or “agimat” are bought by many, especially during the observance of the Holy Week. These amulets are believed to possess different powers that are given and experienced by its owner. They come in different styles and forms, mostly pendants and necklaces.

They are bought from quack doctors or “albularyos” who are said to have gained different forms of power, used mostly in healing. They are the ones who put the power on the amulet through the use of different prayers, chants and/or spells. The only downside to this is that, according to old folks, the power of these amulets are also emptied, thus the need to have it recharged during the Holy Week where the quack doctors are most powerful.

Longer healing process

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Photo courtesy of fw190a8 via Flickr)

Avoid getting wounded during the Holy Week, especially during Good Friday and Black Saturday. This is one of the many superstitions that make people ask the question, why?

According to superstitious folks, getting wounds during the Holy Week takes a longer healing process. Why and how it came to be is something that cannot be answered, though most people believe that they were made in order for the children to behave during the Holy Week. Real or not, it is best to be careful and avoid getting hurt during the whole week.

NO BATHING AFTER 3PM


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Another superstition that made people raise questions is the “no bathing after 3 PM during Good Friday.” It is said that bathing at this time, the same time as the death of Christ, attracts bad juju. There really is no valid explanation for this practice aside from Christ’s death but it is one of the most popular superstitions of Filipinos.

The mystery of Mt. Banahaw


Photo courtesy of Jojo Nicdao)

When a Filipino superstition involves a certain forest or mountain, one can be sure that it involves people getting lost or never being found. Such is the case of Mt. Banahaw during the celebration of Holy Week.

Located between Laguna and Quezon province, Mt. Banahaw is considered a ‘holy mountain’ by the pilgrims. According to locals, everything in here is considered sacred. The water flowing in the mountain is believed to possess healing powers.

Aside from this, Mt. Banahaw is also known for its wonderful trails that attract mountain climbers. But beware of the trails during the Holy Week because those who enter during the Holy Week will only be able to find their way back only when it is already Easter Sunday.

The Holy rain on Easter Sunday


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One of the simple superstitions Filipinos have is the Easter Rain.

Many believe that if rain occurs during Easter Sunday, the water brought by the rain is blessed and holy. Thus, everyone collects rain water every Easter Sunday.

Moving to a new place during Good Friday


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Another superstition with direct relation to Christ’s death is that people are not advised to move to a new home during Good Friday.

Moving in to a new place during this day, regardless of where it is, is heavily frowned upon because of the evil spirits that allegedly join the travel.

With the absence of Christ, evil spirits are said to be more powerful that it brings bad luck to those who decide to transfer during the days of His death.

Looking at the mirror


Mirrors on the wall (MB File Photo)

No looking at the mirror is an actual thing during the Holy Week, another superstition related to the death of Jesus Christ. It is believed that looking at one’s self in the mirror for a long time can attract evil spirits.

Whether it is true or not, attracting evil and the possibility of them showing themselves in the reflection is a very scary thing that one should not risk.

These are just some of the many superstitions being observed by Filipinos during the Holy Week. There are others more out there that are observed in different situations.

It doesn’t matter if one believes it or not as long as there is acquiescence and respect to those who believe them.

Source: http://8list.ph/holy-week-superstitions-philippines/


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