THE COLOURFUL SIDE OF PHILIPPINES: BANIG FESTIVAL AT CEBU
The festival which is celebrated with Pride
There are many reasons to visit the Philippines throughout the year. Let me give you some of them- crescent-shaped beaches dusted with talcum powder-like sand; vacant tropical islands, lush unfathomable jungles bristling with unique wildlife, the thrusting elevated capital of Manila, historic cities, a diverse local cuisine and culture welcome you and if you want to experience the islands, Philippines gives you 7107 islands to explore. Besides all of these, recently Banig Festival was celebrated in the province of Cebu in Philippine on 3rd July. Banig is a hand-woven ethnic floor mat commonly used as traditional floor spread or as a floor bed made of ‘Pandian’ plant leaves or stalks. It comes in many vivid designs and patterns and Badian province feels proud about it.
It is the most colourful festival here and is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. The whole town celebrates the annual fiesta with a lot of enthusiasm and charm. They showcase the Cebuano and Badianganon culture; the rich tradition, exquisite delicacies, various sorts of organic and non-organic products especially its famous mats.
Banig in all colours and patterns are displayed for sale by the locals. Besides this, banig weaving contest and beauty pageant are also held. The atmosphere is painted with multicolours and the parade of dancers wearing vivid costumes makes Banig a major highlight of the festival. Throughout the day, both visitors and locals enjoy the smugness of the town and art of thanksgiving.
Besides the locals, a large number of visitors also celebrate to savour the cultural taste of Badian and Cebu. This festival shows the importance of the weaving industry among Badians at Cebu.
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