January 7, 2013

Last of the season

Joseph, Mary and Jesus wearing the rich fabrics of Mindanao The Zamboanga Peninunsula of the Philippines, like the rest of Mindanao, has a large Muslim community, so the group assigned this region for the Ateneo de Manila University Christmas Parks chose to clothe Joseph, Mary and Jesus in the richly-patterned fabrics common to many Muslims in Southeast Asia.

Yesterday, the Feast of the Epiphany, marked the last day of the Christmas season for Roman Catholics, and the Ateneo de Manila will begin dismantling the Christmas Parks today. I regret not being able to take photos of all sixteen parks, but I did better than last year, when I wasn't able to take a single photo of a single park. The Christmas Parks has been mandated by the university president as an annual project—a new tradition, if you will—so I will have another chance this coming December.


Dina said...

Good! I look forward to next December's creations.

Fabrizio Zanelli said...

Even if yesterday was the last day of "Christmas season" as you well says, let me wish a very Happy New Year to you and your family !

Lowell said...

I'm amazed at how religion permeates the culture of the Philippines.

It wasn't long ago we were waiting for the holidays and now they are gone.

Carpe diem!

Halcyon said...

This is a sweet little creche. Hope you enjoyed the Christmas season. It's always a little sad when it's over.

Cezar and Léia said...

A creche very beautiful!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely creation!