Note: This is Holy Week here in the Philippines, and while I wrote this article for Holy Week 2007, it applies today as much as it did then. I decided to re-run this article for those who might not know about the significance of Holy Week here in the Philippines.
The week before Easter Sunday is a huge thing in the Philippines. I would say that it is probably a bigger holiday than even Christmas here. It is Holy Week.
A lot of businesses are closed starting from about noon on the Wednesday before Easter until the following Monday! Almost all businesses are closed on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Easter, and Easter day as well. On Easter Day, though, more places start opening their doors again. Even grocery stores and such are closed, so it’s a good idea to stock up and make sure you have all the provisions that you need for Holy Week!
Can you imagine, even most of the TV stations are off the air. The radio waves go silent for Holy Week. The country comes to a standstill. Well, almost. The only thing that is not at a standstill is that practically everybody travels! Time for a vacation, or to go back home and see the family. Since all the businesses are closed, they can all travel, because they are all off from work.
My first couple of years here, I had a real hard time adjusting to Holy Week, but it’s getting better for me now. I do find it inconvenient, but I have adjusted enough that I don’t go crazy with nothing to do for almost an entire week!
Where are you going for Holy Week?