Sunday! One of the most celebrated day of the week. Sunday means 'day of the sun' in Old English. In Roman history, it has been decreed by Constantine I that it will be the day for rest.
Linggo in Tagalog and Dominggo in Visayan and Hiligaynon.
Sunday is family day!
The usual Sunday for Filipinos is spent in Churches in the morning hence the country is the only Christian nation in Asia. Young girls wearing their most beautiful dresses. Young boys are are kept tidy and expected to be in their most favorable behavior all throughout the duration of the Sunday worship. I remember when we were kids together with my two older sisters going to church with our parents, the three of us are wearing the same color of dress. Curios I was why the people had to lined up and get something to eat. I received my First Holy Communion when I was 11 years old. After the Holy Mass, friends and relatives usually chitchat a bit before heading home. Families are at rest on Sundays. Relatives would come over and bring food and having a great time to bond and catch up with each and everyone. Feast and celebrations are usually set on Sundays. Food, laughter and joyous celebration that is how we Filipinos spent our Sundays.
Reminiscing the past with good old songs.
Who could ever resist old songs? It has a nostalgic feeling. Songs like Born Free, Don't cry Joni and Boulevard. Radio stations on Sundays play these songs and the like on Sunday mornings. Tagalog songs or the Original Pinoy Music (OPM) are also in the list. Songs of the famous Emilda Papin like 'Isang Linggong Pag-ibig' hit the airwaves and even us- the 90's kids know how to sang it.
The current Sundays.
There was a time that we were not able to celebrate the Holy Sacrament on Sundays, instead it has been done through online. Things had changed. Holy Mass are held and done online. Friends and families no longer gather. Celebrations are limited and if not done secretly or in private. This happened because of the pandemic. Everyone in the world had been affected. Classes are done online. Lucky are those who have access with the internet. Sundays will never be the same again until the virus is gone.
My Sundays are now spent in dong house chores in the morning and relaxation in the afternoon. Worshipping is done at home while watching the Holy Mass on TV. Do I miss my pre pandemic Sundays? Definitely yes!
Sunday is indeed family day. 🤩