The City of Baguio Philippines is a high altitude, highly urbanized center of this already multicultural country. Baguio Philippines is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of the country thanks to its high altitude during the summer. However, the city’s two biggest attractions are its festivals, The Chinese New Year in the middle of winter, and The Panagbenga Festival around the same time. Fans of the Philippines should definitely come check out the following festivals.
The Chinese New YearThanks to the high population of Chinese immigrants and the rich heritage many of the people share, The Chinese New Year is celebrated every year according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The festivities begin at the beginning of the month and follow it nearly all of the way through. During the festival, celebrants eat delicious food and spend much of the time with their families. Children are especially doted on and receive sweets and money. In Baguio, there is a paper lantern festival on the 15th of the month to celebrate the coming of the new year.
The Panagbenga FestivalLiterally known as the “Flower Festival” Panagbenga gets its name for the flower blooming celebrations going on throughout the city. The festival has its origins from the 1990 Luzon earthquake that literally shook the city. The festival was created as a way to boost morale of the people of Baguio. Every year people create parade floats made out of flowers and dance in the city streets. It’s an amazingly festive time that the whole family can enjoy.
When you’re planning your trip to Baguio Philippines, you should definitely aim for the late winter months so you can see its two greatest festivals. The high altitude will also offer a great climate for those who have trouble with the Filipino heat.
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