The Filipinos During Semana Santa

Every year, I remember my lola on how she keeps on bragging us about the way we observe the Holy Week. There should be no music, no television, no laughing, no playing time, and no abundant food on the table.

Our times were spent mostly on church activities, reading “pasyon” at the “kubo-kubo” built at the barangay. We were required by the elders to go into processions during Holy Wednesday and Good Friday. And the family can only go to outings on an Easter Sunday. For the entire Holy Week, lola made sure everyone has observed it in the true christian faith.

We are now on the I-generation where computers and other gadgets exist and take much time of our youth. And now that it’s Holy Week again, seldom do we observe its true meaning. We are busy planning on our summer escapades. We go into beaches and swimming pools to enjoy summer season. We prefer to sing songs from a videoke than to sing the traditional “pasyon” and if we visit the church, it is more like watching movie in a cinema house.

It is sad that nowadays, there are only few families who observe the Lenten Season the traditional way. Holy Week becomes a long holiday to go into parties, swimming, out-of-town activities and the like. Elders forget to teach our young generation of what is the meaning of the Passion of Christ and it is one reason why most of our young generations neglect going to church to hear mass. And if they do, it seems to them that it is just a typical way to pray without valuing the sufferings and sacrifices made by Jesus Christ.

Boracay, Pagudpud, Paoay, Tagaytay, Palawan, Baguio. These are just among the many places that is very in-demand during Holy Week. And if we ask what are the activities done in these places, we know exactly the answer. Maybe, in these generation, only few christians know exactly the true essence of the passion of our savior Jesus Christ. We forget to teach our children all about Jesus Christ but instead we tolerate them in consuming most of their time in playing computer games, PSP’s, Play Station and other electronic device. We are feel so bored hearing “pasyon” but enjoy the RNB and hiphop songs we have in our iPad, iTouch and iPhones.

According to Albert Einstein, technology can surpass our humanity but can we allow this? Wouldn’t it be possible that our humanity can surpass technology and bring the old ways of observing the real meaning of the Passion of Christ? Will we allow that our children’s children will forget the experiences we had when we were still a child? That we werr lucky to value the sense of being a true Christian and that we know that what we are today is because of the salvation made by our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a wake up call to those who will read my article. Please do not allow our children not to understand that just like our sacrifices for their education and good living, Jesus has given His own life to make us experience the beauty of life.

For me, I still want the old ways of observing Semana Santa. What about you?

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