Madayaw! It’s that time of the year again when durian and mangosteen are abundant, and we celebrate the festival Davao is known for, Kadayawan. Unlike the previous years that had the grand parades and festive city-wide events, we’re all confined to our homes this year. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate a great Kadayawan!
We present to you 5 exciting ways you can spend the Kadayawan weekend at home.
Indulge in Fruits in Season
Traditionally, Kadayawan is a celebration of a bountiful harvest. Your entire family can carry on this tradition by enjoying Davao’s favorite seasonal fruits such as mangosteen, marang, rambutan, and of course the fruit that symbolizes Davao, durian! You can even enjoy these fruits as indulgent desserts. Mangosteen Sorbet or Durian Pie, anyone?
Watch Online Documentaries on Tribal Cultures
Another great aspect of Davao culture that Kadayawan celebrates is the 11 tribes that originally came together as thanksgiving for bountiful harvest. Given that, it’s the perfect time now more than ever to teach the kids (and even yourself!) all about true Dabawenyo culture. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to find documentaries on Youtube.
Create Kadayawan-themed Crafts
Getting artsy and crafty is always a good way to enjoy time together as a family. Add a Kadayawan spin to it by painting, sketching, or even cross-stitching gorgeous patterns inspired by the local tapestry of Davao’s tribes. If that’s too complicated, you can always take inspiration from the colors of nature, particularly our famous Waling-Waling or even the Davao-homed Philippine eagle.
Cook Up a Storm With Davao Specials
Going on a food hunt is one of the best activities tourists and Davaoeños alike enjoy during Kadayawan season. Instead of restaurant-hopping or a packed trip to our famed night market, challenge your culinary skills at home by trying out modernized takes on Davao specialties like grilled tuna, balbacua, and bagaybay!
Have Your Own Little Backyard Party
Parties are one of the main reasons we all love Kadayawan, and you can still have a good time with the family by throwing your own little backyard shindig! Put up your own sets of banderitas, display the artworks that you created and fill the air with your favorite party playlist. It’s also a good time to bring out those Davao dishes you mastered in the kitchen for everyone to try. In no time, another day at home will become a fun mini-festival.
We hope these activities can help you enjoy a fun and safe Kadayawan at home! After all, it doesn’t matter where you celebrate, but who you celebrate with. For more great ideas for enjoying time at home with the family, follow us on social media: