Feast of St. Mark Evangelist (Harana't Sayaw Festival) - Quezon Events

Feast of St. Mark Evangelist (Harana't Sayaw Festival)

April 22 | Infanta, Quezon, Philippines.
"Harana" (or serenade) is one of the positive Filipino tradition and culture which was being practiced by the people from Infanta, Quezon and nearby municipalities in the early days. During those days, it is the appropriate means for a young bachelor to meet formally a young lady. The young man shall organize a small "harana" ensemble - size ranging from two (duet), three (trio) or five-man team, with one guitarist. With the silence of the night as their background, the team will serenade the young lady with amorous "kundimans" or Tagalog love songs. After two to three songs, the young lady will invite the group into their house for some conversation. During the conversation proper, songs shall also be exchanged between the young man and the young lady. After the "harana-getting -to-know-you" stage, the young bachelor will start courting the young dame through frequent visits, gifts, "panunuyo or paninilbihan" (i.e., voluntary service in the young lady´s household like chopping of firewood, fetching of water, etc.). After some time, the young man will propose to the lady of his dreams and if the dame replied "Yes" to his proposal, then the "pamamanhikan" will follow. If the parents of the lady agreed to the proposed wedding arrangements of the young bachelor´s family, then the wedding date shall be set, finally. The tradition of "harana" has been practiced by Infanta folks for the past decades. However, it is seldom practiced nowadays.


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