Davao City, in the Philippines, is one of the most celebrated tourist destinations. As bright and dazzling this city is, the festivals celebrated here are even more frolic and fun. People flock from different corners to indulge in the extravagant rituals and ceremonies of these fiestas. You will witness the best essence of Philippines culture here along with some of the most delicious delicacies. Once you experience these Davao City festivals, you will be so much engaged in the dance and musical lights, that you would forget all the worries of your life.
5 Magnificent Davao City Festivals
These Davao Festivals in 2020 are all the delight you need this year. Treat yourself with these festivals that will promise you a sparkling time here.
1. Kadayawan Festival
Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Philippines is celebrated on a grand scale. The whole city is lit up in vibrant colors. As the people are grateful for the bountiful harvest, they celebrate this week-long with full delight. One of the main attractions of this thanksgiving festival is the Floral Float parade. You will witness the most unique varieties of fresh and real flowers taking their way to the streets of Davao, which looks breathtaking. Tourists who flock for these festivals from different corners also love to watch Kadayawan festival dance. Among many things at this festival, food stalls, street performers and dance competitions are some things which you should not miss out on. As this festival is spread out in the whole city, the whole atmosphere looks colorful and dazzling.
Kadayawan Festival 2020 Dates: Tuesday, 11th August- Monday, 17th August
Where: Throughout the city
2. Chinese New Year Festival
The festival celebrated with dance, music, food, gifts and a lot of enthusiasm is the Chinese New Year Festival. It is an extravagant delight for all the people as they mark the beginning of the new year. People celebrate this festival with the ceremonies of exchanging gifts and wishing for a prosperous new year to their loved ones. The whole day for Davaoenos is occupied with full entertainment. Motorcades, film showings, temple visits are the main activities which keep them indulged throughout the day.
Chinese New Year Festival 2020 Dates: Saturday, 25th January
Where: Davao’s Chinatown and Rizal Park
3. Pasko Fiesta sa Davao
You will experience the festival of Christmas at this place like never before. The entire city is glittering with beautiful decorations and festive lights. This Christmas bonanza is celebrated the longest here. One of the most attractive festivals in Davao City, the citizens await to perform the riots of this festival from a very long time. The main highlights of the fiesta include Parol sa mga Barangay (a parol display contest), Kahayag sa Pasko (light up competition of establishments) and Tugtugan sa Pasko Fiesta (battle of the bands). People love to celebrate their Christmas holidays in this place as the city shimmers with the magical sounds and night markets are on sale.
Pasko Fiesta sa Davao 2020 Dates: Entire month of December
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4. Araw Ng Dabaw
Araw ng Dabaw is celebrated as the Foundation Day of Davao City. The women of the city especially look forward to this festival. There is an interesting ceremony held for them on the 15th of March, wherein Mutya ng Dabaw (Miss Davao) is selected. A woman is selected among the most beautiful ladies of Davao and honored. Fireworks, sports competition, and military parade are some of the other major events covered in the festival.
Araw ng Dabaw 2020 Dates: March 16th
5. Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, it is the second most important festival in Davao City. This festival is celebrated with a lot of exuberance. People celebrate this festival when there is a full moon, depicting as a symbol of harmony, happiness, and reunion. The people of Davao reunite with their families and eat moon cake. There are also lantern shows, where the lanterns are showcased in pretty colors. This sight of the festival looks extremely, composite, calm and captivating.
Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 2020 Dates: Monday, 1st October
These are a few Davao City festivals which you must attend. With so much love and spectacular colors, these festivals would not disappoint you at all. Once you celebrate these festivals here, you would not want to stay indoors anymore. So, get ready to drench yourself in the light of these festivals while you plan a tour to the Philippines.
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