Filipinos are naturally religious by nature. Being under the Spanish rule for a number of years, Catholicism has been their major contribution and influence to the Filipino race. Filipinos’ religious point of view doesn’t always stop at Catholicism. With the numerous saints and images that the Catholic religion has, it also comes with a number of joyous and colorful festivals which are celebrated as a way of honoring the saints or in most cases, giving thanks to the pagan gods which was practiced by our ancestors during the pre-colonial period.
Religious practices in the Philippines are quite complex. In some parts of the Philippines, they still adhere to the beliefs and practices of their ancestors while some have adapted the religion which was influenced by the Spaniards. Overall, Catholicism is the most widespread among the religious sectors as it comprises about 80% of the entire population.
Religious Practices of Filipino Family
They say, “The family that prays together, stays together.” This quote is applicable within the Filipino family as most families practice this and applies it to their own families.
While attending and hearing mass on Sundays is believed to be a duty of the Catholic community, Filipino families celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist as a unit and attend mass together. After the mass is ended, the family goes out for lunch or dinner and bond with the entire family. As part of the Filipino culture, we consider Sunday as a special day for the family as they dedicate this day to the Lord and also takes this day to spend quality time and an activity-filled day with the family. This tradition, though, not entirely rampant as of this generation, some families in the Philippines still adhere to this practice.
Adding Colors to Religious Practices
Fiestas and festivals are religious events which are celebrated in honor of the saint and other pagan gods of our ancestors, many centuries ago. This is the time to celebrate and give thanks for the abundant blessings bestowed upon us. Aside from the spiritual activities, people prepare the most colorful, unique and joyous celebrations for this occasion. Through these fiestas and festivals, the Filipino culture has been increasingly popular among tourists and have been flocking the country to witness these events.
Tying the Knot – Every Filipinas’ Dream
In the Philippines, every Filipinas’ dream is to walk down the aisle and have a peaceful and solemn church wedding. Having been under the Sacrament of Matrimony, we are taught that by marrying your partner, you are committing to a lifetime of love and commitment. As part of the Filipino culture we are trained to sticking by our religious beliefs. Divorce is not legal in the Philippines; thus, couples are tested to keep a solid relationship with their partners.
The Filipino culture and religious practices is very far from the practices of other Asian countries. We, as living in different parts of the world and having different religious beliefs, it is important that we respect one another’s religious beliefs and practices and remember that we believe in one and the same God.