Halloween- Filipino Style

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Pangangaluluwa,coined from the term kaluluwa or soul in English.Tried to look up for its english translation but can’t find any,so let me just call it “soul-searching” 🙂 It’s a Filipino tradition which is still being observed in provinces.Grew up in the city so I’m not really familiar with this practice.But according to my parents,town folks go from house to house at exactly 10pm of the 31st(now you know why kids aren’t part of this) singing this particular song about our dearly departed.They cover themselves in white cloth,sort of representation. Our very own “soul-singers” (move over,Aretha Franklin) 🙂 Instead of candies,they get coins or native delicacies like rice cake or cassava. Sad to say,some take advantage of the situation to steal chickens or ducks at the backyard. Now that’s a real BOO! 🙂

The lyrics to the song with my english translation:

Kaluluwa’y dumaratal
Sa tapat ng durungawan
Kampanilya’y tinatantay
Ginigising ang mga buhay
Kung kami po ay lilimusan
Dali-dalian po lamang
Baka kami mapagsarhan
ng pinto ng kalangitan
Kaluluwa kaming tambing
Sa purgatoryo nanggaling
Palimos po!

The souls have just arrived
Across your window
Bells are ringing
waking up the living
If you will spare us alms
Please hurry and give us some
The heaven’s gate
will close in time
We are the lost souls
from purgatory…

Happy Halloween!

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