Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Philippine Tradition 101

Money Dance
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Money Dance - is a very old custom that originally served as a measure of a family’s status within a community. It is practiced today as a way of giving the happy couple a prosperous start, right after the wedding ceremony. Once the music starts playing, family members, sponsors and designated people start off the dance by placing money crowns, sashes, or leis on the bride and groom while they are dancing.

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Harana - is a musical greeting performed for a lover, friend, person of rank, or other person to be honored. Music performed does not follow a particular form, except that it was typically sung by one person accompanying himself on a portable instrument, most likely a guitar, lute, or other plucked instrument.


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