The day of the fiesta starts with the sound of gongs and fireworks. Everyone is dressed at his or her best, with all the ornaments, trimmings, and frills -- everyone, that is, except Tasyo the Philosopher. All the people are excited to hear mass, curious to know what Friar Damaso's sermon will be about.
Points of Note:
In this chapter Rizal discusses the reason for the christening of the Chinese. This is somewhat related to their endeavors at acquiring Filipino citizenship: It's all about business.
Rizal further describes many more observations regarding religious celebrations in the Philippines, especially in the point of view of the church.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What does Rizal say about the Franciscan cassock that is being put up for sale?
Answer: He comments that it is enough to make a cunning merchant wealthy.