Holidays & Observances in The Philippines
The Philippines is an Asian island country made up of many tiny islands. It has been controlled by many different countries including Spain, Britain, Japan, and the United States, so its modern culture is a combination of all these influences with elements from the east and the west. Spain brought its religion of Roman Catholicism, which now claims most Filipinos as followers. The British and the Americans brought their language, which is not the predominant language of the Philippines, but is spoken by many none-the-less. Holidays are probably most influenced by the Spanish, who replaced any traditional celebrations the people might have had with Roman Catholic ones. Religious holidays are very important and widely celebrated across the country.