Kalag-Kalag Festival which revives the Filipino convention of seeing relatives to affectionately
Kalag-Kalag Festival is situated in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, which revives the Filipino convention of seeing relatives to affectionately recall their left friends and family. In most piece of the nation, it is known as all holy people day held each thirteenth of November. The Kalag-Kalag Festival was the brainchild of Mayor Renato Malabor who likewise commends his birthday on November 2. The generally dismal ideas of caskets and skeletons was transformed into a skillfully arranged introduction that has turned the fairly shocking night of All Souls Day into a thrilling night of festivities. Most people may expect a festival to be a pageantry of colorful costumes and festive mood. However, a unique festival is celebrated every evening of November 2, All Souls Day, by the Municipality of Isabela, Negros Occidental, the Kalag-Kalag Festival.
Kalag-Kalag Festival, the celebration is one of a kind for it highlights animals a great many people connect with Halloween. Neighborhood legends stories advised by more seasoned people to terrify the more youthful ones would frequently include animals, for example, phantoms, aswang, and that’s just the beginning. In the Kalag-Kalag Festival, these animals go up against an alternate part as they are utilized to engage as opposed to panic the crowd.Kalag-kalag originates from “Kalag” that implies Ghost. It is broadly known and seen in Central Visayas, particularly in Cebu. The festival is unique for it features creatures most people associate with Halloween. Local folklore stories told by older folks to scare the younger ones would often involve creatures such as ghosts, aswang, and more. In the Kalag-Kalag Festival, these creatures take on a different role as they are used to entertain rather than scare the crowd. The Kalag-Kalag Festival was the brainchild of Mayor Renato Malabor who also celebrates his birthday on November 2. The otherwise morbid concepts of coffins and skeletons was turned into a skillfully choreographed presentation that has turned the rather eerie night of All Souls Day into a fun-filled night of festivities. This has become a ritual of sorts. As All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day near, I always write about the tendency of some people to promote the celebration of Halloween instead. This can be seen in the commercialization of horror, or the fear of the dead, with the sale of Halloween costumes and other accessories. Our celebration is, to use a Cebuano generic term, “Kalag-kalag.” In the mountain barangays.
“Kalag-kalag” is celebrated like the fiesta, if not more so, because every household prepares for it. The well-off slaughters pigs while the not-so-well-off buys a cut from their neighbor’s slaughtered pig. Meaning that there is food prepared for every visitor, who are mostly relatives. In the urban areas, the focus of the celebration are the cemeteries. That is why when you go around the metro, you will find out that the traffic is cramped only near cemeteries and loose in other areas. In the cemeteries, relatives clear and clean the graves days before in preparation for their visit there for several hours. The manner of the celebration may differ but the goal is the same: to remember the dead and to pay homage to them, not to fear them like what Halloween promotes. We look up to the dead with reverence, that is why we flock to their graves and stay there mostly on Nov. 1. I won’t tire writing about my first Kalag-kalag in the Cebu City mountains. It wasn’t far; I was “only” in Sitio Napo in Barangay Guadalupe in a house near the village center where the road going up the upper areas passed. I was surprised by the flow, okay trickle, of people passing the place either going up or going down. But that was on Nov. 2.
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