"Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again."

24 April 2011

Happy Easter Sunday, everyone! How did you celebrate yours? :)

Ever since I was a child, it has been an annual tradition for my family to watch the Salubong in Malabon. For my non-Filipino friends and readers, Salubong is a Filipino Catholic tradition done in a churchyard either in the very early morning of Easter Sunday or in the anticipated Mass on midnight. It reenacts the first meeting again of Virgin Mary and the Risen Christ on the day of His Resurrection. It was my first time to go again after three years of not being able to do so (since my previous rest days from work were Tuesdays and Wednesdays) so I was pretty excited about it.

We woke up at 3AM and went to hear the 5AM Mass in Malabon. The Salubong happens after the Mass. Mama Mary and Jesus Christ come from two separate directions; they meet under an archway while a choir sings. Here are some pictures:

Mama Mary's face is covered with a veil to signify her grief at losing her Son.
They "meet". From the archway, a dove tied to a bunch of balloons is lowered down to remove Mama Mary's veil, symbolizing the end of her suffering.
Mother and Son are reunited. More balloons are released.
It was a clear, cloudless-morning. Only the moon was visible in the sky. But not for long...
In a few moments, the sky was filled with balloons!
Click to enlarge the photo, it looks beautiful :)
Aside from the bunch of balloons carrying the dove and Mama Mary's veil, there were two more big bunches. One carried a crucifix, the other carried a big rosary.
It was a glorious and wonderful sight. :)

After the Prayer, we headed to my father's childhood home where his other siblings still live. His sister, my Aunt Mary, has a half Pomeranian-half Shih Tzu dog named Chio who recently gave birth to two puppies. It was so cute how she was super protective of them, even when we didn't have any intentions of taking them ;D

Meet Chio :)
Meet Bimby and Bamba. Awwwww :)
Incidentally, my eldest cousin's ten-month old baby also spent the weekend there.

Meet Baby Zephyr. He's so cute and adorable, I wanna bite his cheeks off! >_____<
My family plus Zephyr :)
Aaaand I just wanted to share this because I look so happy here :D
I'm not sure what Baby Zephyr was tying to do, but I guess he was either trying to kiss me or sniff my cheeks :D
I hope you've all had a lovely Easter Sunday! April is ending soon, make sure you've joined my giveaway here

PS: Ooooh, Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding is in a few days! I'm so excited to see what the Royal Wedding will be like ♥

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