Thursday, February 7, 2008

Lent in the Philippines

IN the Philippines during LENT, families and individuals participate in a marathon reading and chanting of the story of Jesus Life, passion, death and ressurection. This takes place during Holy Week, as people take turns singing and reading aloud from a book called the "PASYON" from cover to cover without stopping. The entire reading takes one to two days!......The text and the melodies in the book have been handed down over the generations with variations created for local dialects and customs. This tradition called "PABASA NG PASYON" (reading of the Passion. The Pabasa is usualy broadcast over public address systems so that even passersby can participate.