Carabao Festival

Carabao Festival

May 14
A feast in honor of San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Farmer), the patron saint of Filipino farmers, held in Pulilan, Bulacan province, the Philippines. The feast also honors the carabao, or water buffalo, the universal beast of burden of the Philippines. Farmers scrub their carabao, then decorate them with flowers to parade with the image of San Isidro. A carabao race is held, and at the finish line, the animals kneel while the parish priest blesses them. The festival is also marked by exploding firecrackers and the performance of the Bamboo Dance, where dancers represent the tinikling bird, a menace to the rice crop. Among the games played is palo sebo —climbing a greased pole to get the prize at the top.
See also St. Isidore, Festival of; San Isidro in Peru, Fiesta of; San Isidro the Farmer, Feast of
CONTACTS:
Philippine Tourism Center
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New York, NY 10036
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www.wowphilippines.com
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 357
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 153
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