One of the most exciting things about travel is getting to experience a culture that’s quite different from the one that you have been accustomed to. Getting to your destination during a time when the locals are celebrating a festival is usually a good idea, because it allows you to experience the very best that the place has to offer in terms of cultural experiences and even culinary delights.
If you’re travelling to Davao, you should check into your Davao hotel right around the time of the Kadayawan Festival. You’ll find that the Kadayawan Festival attracts lots of tourists, so book your room early as Davao City hotels are bound to be quite full.
What can you expect when you step out of your Davao hotel and explore the city at the time of the Kadayawan? The Kadayawan Festival has its origins in indigenous celebrations that were centred around thanking the gods for the gift of a bountiful harvest.
At these celebrations, the best fruits, vegetables and flowers were laid out on mats as offerings while the tribesmen sang and danced to express their gratefulness for the bounty they had received. The word “madayaw,” from which “Kadayawan” is taken, actually means “superior” or “good.” Thus, Kadayawan is a time to celebrate bounty and abundance. Thus, at the Kadayawan you’ll get to see, hear and taste the best of Davao.
The tourists that fill Davao city hotels around Kadayawan time are eager to see the three dimensions of the festival, focusing on the tribal cultures, industrial achievements, and arts and entertainment showcases.
At the festival, you will see street dancing inspired by traditional tribal or lumad dances, where the participants wear colourful native regalia.
There are also breathtakingly beautiful floats that showcase the flower industry. These parades and dances are meant to show how thankful Davaoenos are for the blessings they have received during the past year.
Of course, contemporary music, dancing and entertainment also have their place at the Kadayawan. If you wish, you will be able to witness fashion shows highlighting beautiful clothes on gorgeous models, as well as concerts and contests that feature the finest in local talent.
The Kadayawan Festival is definitely worth the time and effort of any traveller, so make it a point to be checked into a Davao hotel when it happens. You can make reservations at Davao City hotels online, just to make sure you get comfortable accommodations during the busy festival season.