MANILA, Oct. 28, 2014 — Talk about a reason to dress up. Kids on Oct. 24 came up with their best Biblical costumes for a 2-in-1 event, which was a group of homeschoolers’ version of a combined U.N. Day and All Saints’ Day celebration.
Called “A Date with Jesus, Mary and the Saints”, the event, which was organized by Catholic Filipino Academy, a homeschooling program started by inspirational speaker Bo Sanchez, also included an exhibit featuring saints of the different continents. The event was also done to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, October being the month of the Holy Rosary.
“How many parents would want their children to become a saint among the blessed in heaven? Well, I do. Now, I can breathe easy again. I am so glad that I am not alone in this quest for sainthood,” said Ciara Carranza, one of the parents who brought her child to be part of the event.
According to her, the almost hundred-strong kids and their parents who participated in the event personally showed her that many parents still share the aspiration for their children to be holy.
Kicking off at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao at 8:30 a.m. with a Living Rosary, the kids came in their best “Biblical/saint-inspired costumes” as Elijah the Prophet, complete with a chariot, St. Michael the Archangel, as well as St. Therese of Lisieux, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and San Juan Diego, among others.
To emphasize the universal importance of honoring Mary and the saints, the prayers of the Rosary were recited in different languages, namely, Swahili, Filipino, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Latin.
The exhibit, which was set up at the Obispado de Cubao, also presented depictions of the Blessed Virgin’s apparitions, different images of Our Lady, and the saints by continent, lending a religious twist to the multi-cultural appeal of U.N. Day.
The children and their parents took a “gastronomical tour around the world” during snack time with food items from the different continents.Each grade level was assigned to bring dishes or finger food from a particular continent, giving the event an even more international feel.
A film showing about the saints followed, after which the participating children were given “Blessed Treats,” a “holier” version of the mainstream “Trick or Treat” goodies usually associated with Halloween. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)