February 2015 Holidays and Festivals
Plan what to do this February with this handy list of events and festivals.
February is the shortest month of the year, and every week is jam-packed with fun festivals and holidays. There won’t be any boring weekends in store for you this month as there will be much flurry of activity throughout the Philippines. Check out some of the top holidays and festivals you should remember below.
Panagbenga Flower Festival
Baguio City (February 1 – March 8, 2015)
The Panagbenga Flower Festival is a month-long event that is celebrated in the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio. The term Panagbenga is a Malayo-Polynesian word that means "season of blooming." The festival was created to showcase the region’s flowers as well as to help the region rise up from the 1990 earthquake. Much like other festivals, booths, parades, and street dancing make up the bulk of the celebration.
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Pampanga (February 12-15, 2015)
This festival is all about the sky and the beauty of hot air balloons. A growing tourist draw, the fiesta draws more than 50,000 visitors every year to witness hot air balloons of different shapes and sizes dance around the sky. Other attractions include radio guided gliders, skydiving, kite flying, and other sky-related activities. If you are a fan of hot air balloons and things that fly in the sky, this is one fiesta you cannot miss. Make sure to bring the family as this event will surely entertain children.
Nationwide (February 14, 2015)
The day of hearts is when couples celebrate their love and affection for each other. Aside from being a special time for people with partners, it is also an opportunity to show your appreciation for others you love, regardless of whether or not it’s in a romantic manner. You can spend it with your friends, your family, or even by yourself.
Aurora (February 14-19, 2015)
The Suman Festival is dedicated to the humble and delicious rice treat that almost every Filipino has had for breakfast or merienda at least once in their life. It is by far the biggest event in Aurora celebrated with floats and homes decorated with suman. There are trade exhibits, fairs, street parties, and competitions.
Chinese New Year
Nationwide (February 19, 2015)
Probably the single most important event for the Chinese, the Chinese New Year is celebrated by many Filipinos as well. It is a long celebration with preparations and feasting that lead up to the big day usher in the Year of the Goat/Sheep. Precautions and other activities are done to ward off bad luck and make sure good luck and prosperity is properly welcomed.