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#284 Lami-Lamihan Festival

Lami-Lamihan Festival (WikiPedia Photo)

Lami-Lamihan Festival is the premier festival in Basilan Island, the northernmost and biggest  island province in the Sulu Archipelago in Mindanao, southern Philippines.

The festival is celebrated during the Feast of St. Peter (Fiesta San Pedro) on June 29 in Lamitan City, Basilan. The festival is highlighted by the participation of the native  or ethnic Yakan tribe who attend the festivities in full regalia, selling wares and produce brought in from their farms in the interior. Celebration of the event rekindles the native Yakans culture and diversity. Townspeople are dressed in colorful costumes and  take part in horse races, parades, and other activities.

The festival also displays Yakan music, games, and Yakan hand-weaving competition. Authentic Yakan rituals are performed such as  the peggunting or baptism, pegtimbang or weighing, magtammat or graduation, and the pegkawin, the Yakan wedding as the main attraction. The festival is said to have originated in the 1980s and the word “Lami-Lamihan” means merry-making.

Long live Yakan culture!

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