This is what Black Friday looks in Manila, Philippines.
There are guys in the street doing self flagellation. They are the guys that are half naked. I have a colored photo but even I who's use to seeing this in person got a bit squemish that I made the photo in B&W. So much blood.
My Grandfather (motherside) do this when he is younger. He would wake up early in Black Friday. Go to church and start there & walk around while he is hitting his back with a rope with small bamboo at the end. It does hurt of course cuz it is bleeding. He does this to repent from all his sins and as a promise when he requested something big from God and it was given to him. A lot of the guys who do this made a promise of self flagellation just so their sons and daughters will be given a chance to live from an ailment which can no longer be cured by science or medicine.
There are also people who walks with them who carry big crosses (some of them mothers).
After this they will go and bathe in a salty river. According to my grandfather the salt from the river heals the wound faster.
When my Grandfather got too old to do self flagellation. He continued his promise by helping the other younger guys cut their back. See before they start hitting their back one would do small cuts at their back to open old flagellation wound.
They can rest of course after on Saturday and celebrate on Sunday when God has risen from the dead.
This is actually the Lenten I know.
Fasting, self flagellation, sacrifice and celebration.
I miss this because of my Grandfather. He is passionate of his promise.
When he died I would still watched this in the street and would see his face on them.
At our household on black Friday, you have to do everything before 3pm (bathing, cooking, cleaning the house). As after 3pm its time for everyone even kids to reflect and pray.
There are also the nice bits like Visita Iglesia where you visit churches and pray while in there.
There are Prusisyon (religious procession) an event which you walk around a path from and to church while praying. Walking is not all bad as there are Caridad where you pass by people's houses and they feed you (this is their Thank You for answered prayers and blessing).
Then Easter where they have a program which called Salubong (Welcoming), there is an act where people will re enact Christ's going to heaven after rising from the dead.
Everything is just playing in my head now. A colorful cultural event. I so miss this.
Of course finding easter egg, eating tons of chocolates and enjoying the holidays is fun too. It is just not the same for me at least.
HAPPY EASTER =)
Thanks to my nephew Paulo for the photo.