Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Philippines' Festivals: Guling-Guling in Paoay, Ilocos Norte

There are many famous festivals in the Philippines and there maybe not so familiar even to Filipinos like the Guling-Guling Festival. It is an annual celebration on the eve of Ash Wednesday held in Paoay, Ilocos Norte during the season of lent by PaoayeƱos.

In Ilocano dialect, Guling-Guling means “to mark, to smear, or to make a sign” and it is kind of similar to the Mardi gras in New Orleans or Hawaii’s Aloha Festival. A symbolic celebration of forgiveness among people indicated by making a cross mark on their foreheads which symbolizes their forgiveness towards people who “trespassed” them.


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