Do Bantayanon’s celebrate fiesta on a Holy Week?
No, Holy Week in Bantayan Island is not a fiesta. Bantayanon celebrates fiesta every June 29th in honor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church. The Semana Santa observance is one of Bantayan’s unique religious celebration where there are activities like Station of the Cross—portrayed in life-size figures of Carrozas, Visita Iglesia, Santo Entierro—holy burial and other church activities for keeping the tradition.
Also, many people asked why Bantayanon’s eat meat during a Holy Week—well, not all Bantayanon’s though eat meat on a Good Friday. There are many who still continue to abstain from eating meat despite Indult—allowing people to eat meat on days of strict fasting and abstinence. Just to emphasize the idea of not all Bantayanon’s eat meat on a Good Friday, there are some families or carroza-owners whose “tenants” are fishermen or farmers who depend daily on fish as their sustenance and could not go out to sea during Holy Week to participate the activites of the church and considering also that meat is cheaper than fish.
There are also modern families who continuously practice the Semana Santa observance. The Indult may have been issued from with the people of Bantayan but those who follow it must also observe abstinence as recompense for doing so.
In addition, Indult had been expired long time ago (Indult for Bantayan Island was granted sometime in year 1824 and was effective year 1843) and because eating meat on Good friday was practiced with Indult, such prohibition becomes a normal thing.
In case, you happened to visit Bantayan Island don’t forget to visit the museum where you will know the granting story of the Papal Indult to Bantayanon’s.
47 Photos of Semana Santa Observance In Bantayan Island & Not A Fiesta
Station of the Cross – Carrozas
St. Peter and Paul Parish Church
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Photos in Bantayan Island Wet Market
During Holy Week in Bantayan, tourists increasingly drawn in the island because of the manner that Semana Santa is celebrated.
It helps increase the economy of the island and yet, at the same time it threatens the traditional practices of Semana Santa.