Jun 19, 2012

Parada ng Lechon 2012: The World’s Best Lechon Party

Parada ng Lechon Feast

via: lemuelinchrist

Quickly becoming the Philippines’ version of Mardi Gras, Parada ng Lechon continues to draw bigger crowds, more tourists, and more notoriety every year. In a country where lechon is regarded as the national dish of celebration, Parada ng Lechon is the The Philippines’ most famous lechon-centered festival, and has also become the nation’s biggest water fight. Parada ng Lechon will be celebrated this year on June 24th, 2012.

Parada ng Lechon’s Spiritual Significance

 

The festival is held in Balayan Batangas, about two-hours outside of Manila on June 24th every year. The holiday is a Catholic tradition that serves to commemorate the feast of Saint John The Baptist. Parada ng Lechon represents spiritual purification, through the “tossing” of water, and communal reciprocity, through the sharing of lechon.

As growing crowds of tourists, and non-natives have brought energy, enthusiasm, and a party-mentality to the event in recent years, the spiritual significance of the holiday has held less sway.

Lechon Is The Star of The Show

 

Locals, businesses, organizations, and tourists will join together for a day-long massive street party. About 100 pigs are roasted for over five hours. Cooks manually turn spits from dawn until the pigs are shining, golden, and crispy. The pigs are then dressed in elaborate costumes, and usually wrapped in plastic in order to keep them dry throughout the festival.

The lechon is lined up on the patio of the church of Immaculate Conception and blessed by the priest at a Mass held within the church. The pigs are paraded through the streets in their costumes, and at the end of the celebration, the best dressed pig is voted on, and all of the lechon is sliced up and distributed to the crowds of participants and onlookers.

You’ll Get Wet!

 

While much effort is put into keeping the lechon dry during the festival, all human revellers will get wet! Participants shower anyone in sight with hoses, water guns, and buckets of water. The festivities last from early morning until sundown. The town’s parade passes through the streets starting at about 8:00 AM, so make sure you’re prepared to get wet and party all day. Stay to the end and get your delicious lechon reward!

 

 

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