Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Viva Sta Ursula!

 Today October 21 is the Feast Day of Sta Ursula, the patron Saint of the Parish Church in Binangonan, Rizal, my husband Jojo's hometown.  Since it fell on a weekday we weren't able to join the festivities, which includes a procession of Saints with different groups dancing in the streets and the young and old alike getting wet from spectators, with water being a symbol of blessings.

The last time we joined in the festivities was in 2012 and here are some of the pictures during that Feast of Sta Ursula two years ago...

Sta Ursula Church in the heart of Binangonan, Rizal is clad in the festive banderitas.
Picture taken after mass while awaiting for the procession to begin.

A smaller image of Sta Ursula is carried across the streets during the procession

At the end of the mass, people shout joyfully and wave their hands and
handkerchiefs while shouting "Viva Sta Ursula!"

Colorfully dressed women dance in the streets during the procession
Majorettes add life to the festivities

While the band plays, the image of Sta Ursula is carried by the crowd.
The boy riding on his father's shoulder gets ready to shoot water from his toy watergun.

Not to be outdone, Jojo brings his car pressure washer, the "machine gun of toy water guns".
Passersby who do not want to get wet wave to Jojo to allow them to pass


Anonymous said...

Didn't even know there's a St. Ursula. The Ursula yours truly knows is the villain in "The Little Mermaid" film. TY for sharing, Eileen. Pete

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