Carabao festival

Carabao festival
This is a novelty in tropical counties – carabao festival to showcase the carabao as a beneficial animal in the farm. In the olden days, carabao milk is delivered to the doorsteps. And only the wealthy can afford to have carabao milk for breakfast because it is expensive. And the main benefit that man gets from the carabao is the plowing of the field. Old folks say that without the carabao, there would be no rice. But it’s sad to say that everything changes and the carabao may have outlived its usefulness in the farm. Although there are still farmers who are taking care of carabaos, it is more of the milk and the meat because the farm tractor is way much better and cheaper for plowing the rice field. And to show their gratitude to the carabao, the carabao festival is held once a year. It is a competition where the winner receives a prize money for the best decorated carabao. There is also a prize for the winner in the short race. I am hoping that the carabao festival will continue and not be overtaken by technology.


That is interesting. I don't know what a carabo is. Could you should a picture of it? Any excuse for a festival sounds good to me. This is just one of the things that we need to do sometimes to keep our spirits up. I think this one of the options that we can enjoy around the world. I know I do.
Posted by kgord on 10-11-2017
wow! like carabao i usually seen them on the farmer places where in they use them to travel or plant something on the ground. and i never thought that carabao have a festival which is nice and i love it on how they gave importance to the carabao because carabao really helps a lot of farmer.
Posted by tophew on 10-11-2017
That's the first time that I am hearing about carabao festival. We don't have carabaos in my country. I think the carabao is national animal of the Philippines. This festival must definitely be celebrated as a gratitude to those animals who have been helping the farmers. I have a small question here. How different is the carabao's milk from cow's milk?
Posted by Pixie on 10-11-2017
This is good to know, that is why I love this commenting job, one tends to learn a lot about others belief, culture, and traditions.I have never heard about carabao festival because we don't have this in my country.Well, I think it a fascinating culture.For the contest, I will say let the best wins.
Posted by lovely on 10-11-2017
Wow, that's so nice. I wish that my country would have such festivals as well! I'd love to participate or even observe. It sounds like a great old tradition and it makes your culture even stronger. Just judging from the description it sounds very fun.
Posted by Mehano on 10-11-2017
That's something really amazing, it's too bad my country try doesn't have something like this. My culture is something people tend to forget, here in Italy everyone only thinks about pizza and its history.
Posted by Tania997 on 10-11-2017
I didn't know it's call carabao, we call it buffalo. I still see some buffaloes sometimes, though I am not sure if they are still used for plowing or as you mentioned, they are for milk and meat. This is the first time I heard about carabao festival. Yes, I think it'd be good to have such festival, especially good for the kids to know how the older generations plow the patty field and how we got the rice in those old days.
Posted by kaka135 on 10-11-2017
At least the people have not forgotten that the carabao is the reason for their existence, even though it has been replaced by modern machinery. The festival sounds like fun and I like the idea that someone can win a prize! I doubt the festival will be overtaken by technology. It's more likely the carabao animal might become extinct in order for the festival to discontinued.

Have you ever decorated a carabao? Did you win? :)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-11-2017
It is really a very attention-grabbing festival that involves superb ceremonies to behold. It is celebrated as a commemorative day of San Isidro Labrador in thanks for a plentiful harvest.Pulilan Carabao Festival treats the most revered water buffaloes or carabao in an imperial way. I believe it's a revered and religious sort of festival for Philippines.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-11-2017
Wow, I really haven't about this festival before, maybe it's only celebrated in few parts of the world and that is why it's not a public knowledge but in its entirety, I would not argue against that it is not something cool to celebrate.

Animals used in Farm, well I definitely believe that it's only going to be something that is consistent with people practicing subsistence agriculture.
Posted by Heatman on 10-11-2017
Sounds pretty traditional and respectably so. It's interesting that the carabaos are led down the church square where they then kneel to receive their blessings, afterwhich they engage in a friendly race. This is very cultural and it's great that the animals are that well respected. I've never heard of the carabao festival before but it's good to maintain such cultural history. It also signifies the importance of farming and should serve as a constant reminder to the younger generation that there's much to be admired and gained from tilling the soil as the past, present and future occurrences will exhibit the wealth and knowledge gaining principles that should never be forgotten or cease to explore.
Posted by Joteque on 10-11-2017
I hope carabao festival will still remember by filipino people and still patrionize it. These animals are very important for farmers because they help till the land. A feast in honor of San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Farmer), the patron saint of Filipino farmers. Farmers, hopeful for a bountiful harvest, train their carabaos to give tribute to their patron saint, San Isidro. The Carabao festival was said to be an old tradition introduced by the Spaniards to convert the people to Christianity through San Isidro Labrador. “It has been devotion to other join the parade ever since I was a child, because we ask him (San Isidro) for a good harvest. Many farmers pray, not just for a good farm yield, but also for the health of their beast of burden, and for peace in their town.
Posted by honeybabe on 10-12-2017
It is the first time that I'm hearing about Carabao and Carabao festival. I think it is a breed of cow or buffalo in your area. Irrespective of this, I found this concept of celebrating this festival very appealing.

In my area also cows are considered as holy. They give us milk. Buffalo is used for flesh, milk and ploughing the fields. Likewise, machines have replaced animal power and the use of cows and buffalos has considerably declined.

I'm sure year by year, the number of people participating in this festival must have shown a decline. Let's hope that this tradition continues further for ages.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-12-2017
I had never heard of the word carabao. I googled and found that carabao was water buffalo of the Philippines. In our country Nepal, water buffalo is a very common milk animal. While the female water buffalo is raised for milk, male water buffalo are raised for plowing the land. manual plowing of the farm land is still done in our country. male water buffalo is also a very common meat animal.
Posted by vinaya on 10-13-2017
Well I'm also from the Philippines and we do have a lot festivals here that are quite famous around the world that gathers a lot of tourist be it local or foreign individuals wanting to have fun and enjoy other peoples or places culture. I haven't got a chance to visit these famous festivals though as its mostly just being popularized by a lot of personalities on television like famous local artists and famous singers but I do enjoy festivals that held on our very own village and city once a year even though its not that famous.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 10-13-2017
Its a very interesting festival to help honour the carabao for it great milk and meat production. They can observe the festival but they should not worship animals.
Posted by babyright on 10-14-2017
I always saw this festival on news but I've never experienced to be a part of this famous festival not even once. I'm from the Philippines and this festival are located near at my place. Those places are Pulilan in Bulacan Province, San Isidro in Nueva Ecija Province, and Angono in Rizal Province. Wish to have the time to go celebrate it with my family.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 10-24-2017
I have heard of the festivals and I have of the great things that happen during the festivals, it is really a big time for the celebrants and those who are engaging in the festivals. I love countries who engage in festivals, unlike my country, we hardly engage in festival, the only festival we engage well is religious festivals.
Posted by Authord on 10-24-2017
Carabao festival are interesting to hear. Imagine those different kind of carabao's that staying to that kind of festival. I would love to watch those animal having fun with people. Sounds good and I'm very excited to watch that kind of festival though I watch those normal festival but still I want to watch those carabaos.
Posted by mar06 on 01-09-2018
On the contrary, I don’t think those carabaos are having fun with people. Yeah, the people were having fun but not the carabao because they look uneasy with their costume. And even if they were trained for that, they still complain. But I am not against that festival because it gives awareness to the people about the carabao which is a dwindling specie. In the olden days, carabaos are necessary in rice fields but now they have the tractor and carabaos are relegated to carrying cargo.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-12-2018
I used to see carabaos when I was living in our province when i was a child. But about ten years later, I barely see one. Due to technological advancement, agriculture cannot escape from our ever evolving technology. Instead of carabaos helping our farmers, they use tractors. I hope more of us become more into breeding carabaos. Carabaos produce quality milk, which is definitely better than cow's milk. With regards to Carabaos Festival, I have never been attended one. But when I do, I am sure that I am going to enjoy celebrating such a great event.
Posted by Vinsanity on 05-06-2018