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
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SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 357
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 153
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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But with the growing popularity of the Kneeling Carabao Festival that have been seen in the past years, the town aims to merge efforts to boost tourism and agriculture in an effort to improve the town's economy.
Festivities in honor of San Isidro will be held in Pulilan, Bulacan and Angono, Rizal, where the Carabao Festival, which features kneeling carabaos in front of the church, has become a much awaited spectacle.
Many farmers prayed to be spared from modernization during the annual Carabao Festival on May 14, said Noel Mauricio, 57, head of the Pulilan farmers' association.
Festivities will be held in Pulilan, Bulacan, and Angono, Rizal, where the Carabao Festival, which features kneeling carabaos in front of the church, has become a much-awaited spectacle.
The town of Pulilan in Bulacan province also has a festival in honor of San Isidro Labrador known as the Kneeling Carabao Festival.
The Philippines, the "Fiesta Islands of the Pacific," has many crowd-drawing festivals during summer, among them Pahiyas in Quezon, Panagbenga ni Baguio City, Masskara in Bacolod, Hot-Air Balloon at Clark, Kadayawan in Davao, Kaamulan in Bukidnon, and Carabao Festival in Bulacan.
Technology may have helped improve farming but it has not replaced carabaos, 700 of which were honored on Sunday in this year's Carabao Festival here.
While covering the carabao festival in Batangas, Van Hagen's attention was drawn to the silver tinsel streamers playing against the grey clouds.
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