Festivals are public events that can be held for religious or nonreligious reasons. A secular festival is held to honor great people, remember important historical or cultural events, or bring back old ways of doing things that people love.
Secular means that it has nothing to do with religion and doesn’t care about it. It is the idea that a state or country would rather not have an official stance on religion. Religion and not religion are two different things.
The inside story
Bangus Festival celebrates a good Bangus fish harvest (milkfish). The event happens every year in the city of Dagupan. Baguio City has a month-long flower festival every year for Panagbenga.
Theoretically, one has religious rituals, prayers, or reasons for doing something, while the other does not. But it can be hard to tell the difference. For example, a holiday or festival can be religious and secular or cultural to others. Higantes Festival is a secular event started by the Municipality of Angono to show gratitude to its patron Saint Clement. The parade of giants takes place on Sunday before the town feast on November 23. From the Holy to the Everyday. The San Isidro Fiesta was called the San Isidro Fiesta until 1973, when it was renamed the Pahiyas Festival. This changed the event’s focus from a religious ceremony to a tourist show.
Holidays that are both secular and religious can be celebrated in public schools. In rulings about religion in public schools, the Supreme Court has said that Christmas, Hanukkah, and other religious holidays can be observed in a nonreligious way.
For practicing Christians, Christmas is mainly about the birth of Jesus Christ. However, many Christmas traditions, like the Christmas tree, are not rooted in Christian religious practices, and more and more Americans will celebrate Christmas in nonreligious ways.
The end words
The word “Panagbenga” comes from the native Kankanaey language and means “a time for blossoming.” The festival did help start a new life for the City of Pines. Today, it is one of the most important cultural events in the Philippines and the biggest nonreligious festival.
In the Western game “Secret Santa,” which is usually played at Christmas, each player is given a name at random and must provide a gift for that person. Everyone stays secret during the whole game.