Today, a large number of our fellow men is going through the tradition of penitensya or penance. A tradition applied in the Philippines for hundreds of years. This is a reenactment of Christ’s suffering from Gethsemane to the cross. Individuals instill wounds on themselves, and a few actually go as far as truly being crucified. Happen to be a large event drawing in countless tourists both local and international. People perform this for many different reasons.
Christians around the globe recognise the Holy Week of Easter in festivity of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Here are some pics taken by my nephew (Jerwin) that i would like to share with everyone. Penance, Holy Week Tradition in the Philippines
According to source ( Google Search ): Holy Week is a significant religious festival in the Philippines. In this predominantly Roman Catholic country, Holy Week is known as Semana Santa (the original Spanish name), Cuaresma (Latin:Quadragesima, "fortieth") or by the Filipino name Mahál na Araw ('Lovely Days")
Beginning Maundy Thursday, businesses in the Philippines either shut down operations until Black Saturday or have later opening and earlier closing times. During the Easter Triduum, which is usually a public holiday, many local terrestrial television and radio stations closedown out of respect, or have limited broadcasting hours. Those that do operate replace normal programming with special religious content and news coverage of religious ceremonies. Many communities observe the Spanish-influenced Catholic rituals such as processions, with many having been syncretised with pre-Hispanic beliefs. This is evident in local practises and the many superstitions associated with the occasion.
Good Friday,is a public holiday, commemorated with solemn street processions, the Way of the Cross, the commemoration of Jesus' Seven Last Words or Siete Palabras, and a traditional Passion play called the Senákulo, which in some places is a week long affair.
Holy Saturday known locally as "Black Saturday" or Sabado de Gloria (Spanish: "Saturday of Glory"), has the traditional silence and solemnity from the previous day spill over. Preparations are made for the Easter Vigil to be celebrated that evening.
Easter (Paskò/Linggo ng Pagkabuhay) morning is marked with joyous celebration, the first being the dawn ceremony called the Salubong (Filipino: "meeting").