Traditions in the Philippines include a special form of engagement known as pamanhikan, wedding sponsorship, foods served at special occasions and several holidays. Modern culture in the Philippines is influenced by a complex history, and most Filipinos continue a traditional way of life. Colonization by the Spanish and trading with China, the Middle East, Japan, India and other places had an impact on Filipino culture, art, literature, cuisine and traditions.Continue Reading
In the custom known as pamanhikan, a young man's parents seek the permission of a young woman's parents for the couple to marry. The parents of the man often take another person with them whom they believe has the respect of the woman's parents.
Weddings include sponsors, who are individuals who support the couple and assist with wedding expenses. The number and social status of sponsors reflect the couple's standing in the community.
Many Filipino traditions focus on food, especially during ceremonial events. Roasted suckling pig is often served on important dates, and the social status of the host is measured by the amount served. A traditional dessert includes banana leaves filled with rice with coconut milk and syrup. Men often drink gin and beer. In addition, the Filipino calendar includes a number of diverse holidays, such as the Chinese New Year, the People Power Revolution, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
French-Canadian traditions include the holidays Dollard Day and St. Jean Baptiste Day, as well as traditional clothing with historical roots in the province of Quebec. French-Canadian food traditions include tourtière, ragout, poutine and tourquettes. In addition, French Canadians speak Quebeçois, their own dialect of French.Full Answer >
The Legend of the Banana from the Philippines is the story of how the first banana came to be. There are many versions of the legend.Full Answer >
The Nutrition Month in the Philippines is in June every year. This is pursuant to the Nutrition Act of the Philippines that was signed on June 25, 1974.The National Nutrition Council (NNC) leads the launching of the celebration every year with a specific message to the people.Full Answer >
The three social classes of the ancient Philippines society were Maginoo, Timawa and Alipin. These classes followed the social model of upper class, middle class and lower class.Full Answer >