As a result of its pivotal position in Philippine history and rich cultural and artistic legacy, Bulacan has quickly become a popular tourist destination.
The region is well-known for its historical landmarks, charming ancient homes and churches, serene natural wonders, spiritual attractions, vibrant festivals, swimming, and a variety of themed activities, as well as a large range of exquisite local crafts and delectable treats. Resorts and various types of recreational facilities are abundant in the area. There are also several hotels and restaurants in the province.
But apart from that, the Province of Bulacan also has numerous festivals that tourists-- both local and foreigners-- would love to witness and join in.
In this article, we will tackle the different Bulacan festivals that you can use as an excuse to visit the province:
Buntal Hat Festival (Baliwag)
The Buntal Hat Festival is held annually in the town of Baliuag. The festival often lasts for a week (or up to three weeks). The town's foundation anniversary is May 26.
The buntal hat is a historical straw hat from the Philippines that is fashioned using fibers derived from the Buri palm fronds. People from all over the nation and the globe come to the town to buy the magnificent Buntal Hats that are made here and exported. In order to maintain the heritage and local industry of buntal hat production in Baliuag, this event was organized by the city's municipal administration.
More than a dozen funfairs, exhibitions, a beauty pageant dubbed "Lakan & Lakambini ng Baliwag," music, street dancing competition, and more are all part of the event.
When is it celebrated: Buntal Hat Festival is celebrated on the 26th of May every year.
Kneeling Carabao Festival (Pulilan)
San Isidro Labrador is the patron saint for the town of Pulilan, Philippines, and every May, the Pulilan Carabao Festival honors him with a procession.
They bow or kneel in front of the cathedral, their heads festooned with garlands and their coats shaved clean for the event It is customary for local farmers to gather on this day to pay homage to San Isidro Labrador, their patron saint, in gratitude for a bumper crop over the previous year.
Fruits, sweets, food crops, and brightly colored kiping are strung on bamboo poles to symbolize the festival. Symbolic floats and carabaos kneeling in front of the church are highlights of the celebrations. Thousands of people go to see the carabaos display their innate abilities each year, and the event is always a huge hit with the younger set.
When is it celebrated: Kneeling Carabao Festival is celebrated on the 14th of May every year.
Pagoda Festival (Bocaue)
The Holy Cross of Wawa, which can be found in the Bocaue River in the province of Bulacan, is the subject of a fiesta celebration in the town of Bocaue. The event's major draw is a river procession with a decked pagoda or barge and a variety of brightly colored small boats.
When is it celebrated: Pagoda Hat Festival is celebrated from the 4th to 7th of July every year.
Fertility Dance Festival (Obando)
A fertility dance festival called the Obando Fertility Dance Festival is held every year in Obando, Bulacan, and is largely attended by women who are hoping to find a spouse or have a baby. On the streets leading to the church, there are several groups of ladies, as well as those who simply want to be a part of the grand parade. Many ladies who were unable to bear said that dancing during the festival was a way to gain God's favor.
Some of the bands are using instruments you would not expect. Also, observe that some ladies are dancing more enthusiastically than the rest of the group. People believed that the more fervently you dance during the procession, the more likely you are to be blessed with a son or daughter.
When is it celebrated: Fertility Dance Festival is celebrated from the 17th to 19th of May every year.
Sambuklod Festival (San Jose del Monte)
SAMBUKLOD, an abbreviation for "Sambayanang Buhay at Umuunlad Kasama si Lorenzong Dakila," actually wants to accomplish what its name implies—UNITY.
The Festival features a procession of floats made from recycled materials by the many parishes and groups who participate in the event. Street Dancing Competition, often known as Mardi Gras, is the major event, and each year's theme changes. While at Sambuklod, individuals are encouraged to work together in harmony and joyful celebration, which is essential to the community's overall advancement in terms of social and economic well-being as well as spiritual well-being.
When is it celebrated: Sambuklod Festival is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of September every year.
Halamanan Festival (Guiguinto)
There are several plant nurseries in Guiguinto, and they offer a unique source of income for the inhabitants of the province as well as for city residents who need a little greenery in their lives. Halamanan festival is held in January to honor the town's patron saint, San Ildefonso; he is celebrated on this day each year. Creating a miniature version of the Garden of Eden, and displaying a dual devotion to Sta Rita de Casia, these people celebrate the year-long bountiful harvest harvest and greenery of their town.
When is it celebrated: Halamanan Festival is celebrated on the 23rd of January every year.
Singkaban Festival: Linggo ng Bulacan (Malolos City)
The Singkaban Festival is a well-known event in Bulacan. Bulacan is home to several festivals. The locals celebrate Our Lady of Victory's the patron saint of Singkaban Festival with a variety of arts and cultural events. More than just archways, this festival features "Balagtasan," folk dancing, and kundiman in a display of Singkaban archways. The festival is also being celebrated as part of "Linggo ng Bulakan" celebrations.
When is it celebrated: Halamanan Festival is celebrated every 2nd week of September each year.
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