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Holy Saturday and Gisong

Visayans don’t celebrate Holy Saturday so much as to take advantage of a superstitious belief that is “gisong”. Something to do with having longer nose and becoming taller just by swimming.

Speaking of swimming, this is how our beach front usually looks like:

Empty, nobody swimming; maybe one or two local fishermen
Empty, nobody swimming; maybe one or two local fishermen

And this is how our beach front looks like on Holy Saturday–today:

Overcrowded, everybody is swimming, having picnic and barbecue, loud, crazy
Overcrowded, everybody is swimming, having picnic and barbecue, loud, crazy

As I learned today that the Holy Saturday is a day where everybody goes swimming. People’s belief is that when you swim your nose will grow longer and also you will get taller. This superstitious belief is called “gisong” and is a Visayan tradition.

So kids and young ones take advantage of this once-a-year, miraculous event by going to the beach and swim ’til their nose grows long and they grow taller too. It also helps that today’s weather is extra sunny and hot. The sea is calm and the tide is high at noontime. Perfect condition for everybody’s dip in the water, except of me, my nose is long enough as it is.