Kadayawan Festival – celebration the bounties of harvest and serenity of living

The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. It is held every third week of August.

Annual festival in celebration of life, health, and all things good. The festival’s roots are in the rituals of the region’s indigenous tribes who gathered to pray for a bountiful harvest, but it has since evolved to become on of the major festivals on the Philippine calendar. The festival also gives importance to 11 tribal communities in this city by showcasing their culture and tradition.

The week-long event features street performers, food stalls, dance competitions, and a Floral Float Parade, among other things. These events are spread out throughout the city so check with your hotel for a detailed itinerary and list of venues. Several contingents from various parts of the country joined in a street dancing competition yesterday as part of the culminating activities. The other activities include the Indak-Indak sa Dalan to be held today and participated by various indigenous communities.

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