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Fiesta of San Juan in Samar, Philippines

Don't Go Outside Your Home if You Don't Want to Get Wet

The Fiesta of San Juan is coming June 22 back in my province. I will be attending this year. This is a wild fiesta for three days and you will get very wet if you attend!

The Fiesta of San Juan celebrates the man who was the first one to know that Jesus is the Son of God. He baptized Jesus you know, and baptized many other people.

During the fiesta, people go in the ocean to get wet and they get water from the ocean to make everyone else wet.

Many times I get napaka galit (very angry) when people spray water on me. But I can't fight them because it is my fault. Remember you will get into a fight if you don't know the rules lol. If you don't like to get wet, don't go outside your home!

There is eating and drinking and dancing all three days. Even back in the province we have a disco for people to dance.

We also celebrate the kuratcha dance and there are rules here too. It is hard to explain and many Kano get angry because they do not understand. But you put some money in to be the dancer with someone else. It doesn't matter what you pay, 10 pesos or 20 or even 100. Bahala ka.

Sometimes you see a pinoy guy there mayabang (boastful) during the celebration and spend a lot of money, even though the next day he doesn't have even one peso. That is life in the Philippines.

My Kano friend says the Fiesta of San Juan is celebrated because the Spanish bring it to the Philippines and other places. The fiesta is held in the longest days of the year. So my friend says it is older than the story of San Juan in the Bible.

OK sure. All I know is that it is a fun time and I will see so many relatives and friends.

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Inday Vinas grew up in Samar Province, Philippines. She left high school after three years to work and help her family, including seven brothers and sisters. She is now a writer and small businessperson.