Pahiyas Festival: May 2020 → in Lucban Quezon (Philippines)

Lucban, Quezon, Philippines Start Date: 15/05/2020 End Date: 15/05/2020

There should be an expression that goes something along the lines of “Party like it’s Pahiyas”. The Pahiyas festival is, without a doubt, one of the most vibrant and colorful festivals in the Philippines, if not the entire world. Okay, we might be exaggerating a little, but believe us, it’s only by a little.

 

Party at Pahiyas Festival 

There should be an expression that goes something along the lines of “Party like it’s Pahiyas”. The Pahiyas festival is, without a doubt, one of the most vibrant and colorful festivals in the Philippines, if not the entire world. Okay, we might be exaggerating a little, but believe us, it’s only by a little.

The Pahiyas Festival is held every year on 15th May in Lucban, Quezon. It is a celebration of a munificent harvest. Pahiyas is celebrated across the country, so wherever you find yourself in the Philippines, you will be able to participate in this glorious festival.

 

What is Pahiyas and why is it celebrated?

The Pahiyas festival honors San Isidro Labrador, no, not the popular dog breed, but the patron saint of farmers. Pahiyas is all about tradition and rituals that give thanks for bountiful harvests.

Of all the festivals in the world, this is truly one of the most spectacular we have had the privilege of being a part of. The decorations are elaborate and all the homes are adorned with the most intricate elements, made from rice wafers, of all things.

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You can also witness colourful parades in the beautiful streets of Lucban. If you like the idea of enjoying different cultures, extraordinary culinary indulgences and art then the Pahiyas Festival needs a big fat tick on your bucket list.

It’s an event for the whole family, including children and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

So Why Pahiyas Festival?

You know the type who moan that there was too much sand on a beach or the type while on a trip to Spain there were too many people speaking Spanish?

The Pahiyas Festival is busy, there are crowds upon crowds of people. Be prepared to wait in queues for food, for transport and for anything else. If you don’t think you’re going to enjoy the throngs of people we suggest you give it a miss. But you will be sorry. For the rest of your life.

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