Pasaka Festival

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Colorful parade during the Pasaka Festival

Pasaka Festival is a yearly town festival held at Tanauan, Poblacion from the 14th to the 16th of August, commencing at Canramos on the 14th, Licud on the 15th and culminating in San Roque on the 16th.

During the 15th of August there is a big festivity held at the town center, composed of two parts, the ritual presentation and the street dancing parade. It is has three categories, the junior (elementary) division, the senior (High School) division and the Merry Makers. They dressed in colorful costumes performing dances and routines that follows a street parade around the municipality. The festival is called "Pasaka" which is a waray word meaning invitation to progress, health, and luck for the inhabitants for the coming year.

The festival is so popular and so merry that it encourages expatriates to visit during this time of year. The festival also invites people from elsewhere who wish to join and enjoy the festivity and are all welcomed by the locals in their own homes regardless of whether they know them or not.

Pasaka Festival is a socio-cultural presentation depicting a people paying homage to the town's Patronage, Our Lady of Assumption as she is assumed into Heaven. It is also an act of thanksgiving for the blessings receives and a way of welcoming the visitors into the homes of the Tanauananons.

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