Today’s Guest post is from Alan Cline. Andy is a resident of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, and you can find his personal blog by clicking here. Thank you for submitting the article, Alan, and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future!
The holidays had me thinking about some of the traditions Filipinos celebrate and whether they really are traditions or just habits ? I was thinking about this primarily due to all the fireworks blasting away this past week and still on going .
Logic would suggest that somewhere along the line it came from the Chinese influence in the Philippines but I don’t know that to be factual . If you ask a Filipino why they do something they tend to reply “ it’s Filipino tradition “ or something to that effect.
But is it really a tradition or just a habit that is done because so many others do it? Doesn’t really matter of course in the grand scheme of things but I do find such traditions or habits an interesting part of the Philippine culture.
Traditions tend to be beliefs handed down through posterity while habits are , well , just habits.
Americans generally cook turkeys at Thanksgiving but there is a historical reference point from which that tradition grew . That being of course that the first European settlers in the New World shared food with the local native American Indians . And perhaps ditto the American tradition of exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve also came from the European tradition.
In the case of a habit such as smoking when does it become a tradition , if ever and not just a habit ? Growing up in a tobacco producing state in the US and being at an impressionable age during the 50’s I could say it was traditional to smoke and besides the Marlboro Man was plastered all over the country on giant billboards extolling the virtues of being “ manly & rugged “ . But in reality , it’s just a habit and a bad one at that . ( I am trying to quit )
So , what about Filipino “ traditions “ that others on the site have witnessed ? I am sure there are many and would enjoy hearing about some of them so feel free to opine.