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Monday, August 25, 2008

The Kadayawan Festival 2008 -The Floral Parade (Davao City)

The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines and it is held every 3rd week of August. Its name derives from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the Dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.

Today, Kadayawan has transformed into a festival of festivals, with a number of spin-off festivals in the region. The festival honors Davao’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage, its past personified by the ancestral “lumads”, its people as they celebrate on the streets, and its floral industry as its representatives parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings granted on the city. A celebration that interfaces the three aspects: tribal; industrial and; arts and entertainment. The festivities are highlighted with floral floats, street-dancing competitions and exhibits that showcases the island's tourism products and services.



jHeLea said...

nice pics jaye...I've been to Davao once for a seminar and I've visited couple of tourist spots but I wasn't able to witness the Kadayawan Festival...hope in the future I could...

Big Eyed Gal said...

Nice photos! I wish I was there... I love flowers. Unfortunately, I've never been to Davao. *sigh*

Happy Monday!

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