Last week was Holy Week. Being from the Philippines, I have heard about it and have been taught that it’s very important. Usually, you’ll see pretty much every store closed during Good Friday, people will be with their families and there are bunch of festivals to celebrate Holy Week. Easter was never really the highlight of Holy Week. Most Filipinos don’t really bother with the Easter Bunny or coloring eggs and all that. It’s kinda the opposite really, in the States, the most important part of Holy Week is Easter, meanwhile in the Philippines, it’s Good Friday.
My Grandma and I planned on having a simple dinner for Easter since we thought my cousins, Aunt and Uncle would be with my Aunt’s family. A few days before though, one of my cousins called my Grandma and asked her what our plans were. When he heard we really weren’t planning to do much, he asked if we’d like to have dinner with them here at our house. On Easter Sunday they arrived with a nice dinner, my Aunt and Uncle also came. We had a nice, simple dinner and visited for a while. They were only here about 2 to 3 hours or so but it was really nice, especially since I hadn’t seen them in a while because they are usually pretty busy. Last year I was also here for Easter and it was very similar, just with less people. My Uncle and Aunt were telling me about how they were Easter Egg hunting with their grandson (who also came to our house for dinner).
Whenever my family and I celebrated Easter, we would always have an Easter Egg hunt. We had plastic eggs with candy in them which would be hidden all over the house, inside and outside. All us kids would try to find as many eggs as we can. It was really fun, and we’d get a bunch of candy out of it, which was nice. We’d have an Easter dinner too, which was always cool. Throughout the years, I’ve never heard any of my friends talk about Easter, so I don’t think any of them celebrate it. I do know that some of them go to mass during Holy Week though.
Easter is another one of those holidays that are celebrated in both the States and the Philippines, but the way they celebrate it is totally different. It’s actually a lot like Halloween. In the States, Halloween is a fairly big deal, with trick or treat, haunted houses and a bunch of other things, meanwhile in the Philippines, the most memorable thing about Halloween would probably be the TV marathons of horror movies. It seems like everyday I see differences between both cultures, some very subtle while others very noticeable and I can’t help but notice them because it seems like I’m always aware of them. Anyway, that’s it for this week, bit of a belated happy Easter to all of you, hope you had a good one!