OF THE WEEK
For Good Health
No, this is not a
baptism. The newlywed couple, caught by Bulatlat’s camera in
Currimao, Ilocos Norte (464 kms north of Manila), have their heads washed
by relatives with vinegar and rice straw. It is a traditional Ilocano
marriage ritual believed to bring good health to newlyweds. The tradition
is still alive in most of the Ilocos region. But it is slowly disappearing
with the inroads of “modern” culture.
by Ace Alegre /
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