CARACOL FESTIVAL 2015

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Worldwide, Filipinos are known for their cheerful disposition, hard work and love for family.  The country, consisting of 7,101 islands, had been consistently damaged by various typhoons and earthquakes yearly.  Despite the hard blows of nature, the Filipinos remain jolly and grateful for whatever they have.  The best picture of the country is depicted by a child’s smile though tears run do his cheeks.

When is the Caracol Festival in 2015?

The Caracol Festival is on February 22, 2015 which is Sunday.

The Caracol Festival is always celebrated on the last Sunday of the month of February each year.

Where is the Caracol Festival celebrated?

The Caracol Festival is celebrated in Makati City, Philippines.  Its first observance was in 2010 as a part of the Fiesta Islands program of the Philippine Department of Tourism in 1989.  Makati City, located in the National Capital Region, is the heart of the business centers in the country.

History and Purpose of the Caracol Festival:

The Caracol Festival is the Philippines’ version of Rio de Janiero’s Mardi Gras.  The name of the festival is the Spanish word for snails.  In the Philippines, local fresh water shell fishes are called “kuhol” and is a favorite food cooked with coconut milk.

As the purpose of the event is to preserve and protect the environment, the snail’s shell is the best symbol.  After all, the shell had protected the snails for centuries and enabled them to withstand the toughest whip of nature.  Thus, the Caracol Festival is the Filipino’s celebration of their resilience and love for neighbors even during hard times.

The Caracol Festival celebration:

In the Philippines, the barangay is the smallest unit of government.  Makati City consists of thirty three barangays who actively participate in the Caracol Festival.  Together with the government sectors, private establishments and schools, the street dancing had been a success for the last four years.

The local government marching band provides music for the parade and the performance.  In the beat of their tune, the participants dance in psychedelic costumes, masks and body paints.  In line with their purpose, themes consist of flowers, fruits, trees and animals.  The judges comprise of representatives from the Department of Tourism, famous entertainment artist and government cultural agencies.

When is the Caracol Festival in 2016?

The Caracol Festival is on February 28, 2016 which is a Sunday.

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