The Pahiyas festival

CHR_9998 by IRRI Images
CHR_9998, a photo by IRRI Images on Flickr.

Pahiyas is a Filipino term that means precious offering and predates the Spanish colonial period of the country by several centuries. This celebration was originally an animistic ritual practiced by the pre-Christian Filipinos to honor their rice god, Ampo’t Paray, and to ask for bountiful harvests in the coming year.”

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