Sunday, July 27, 2008
Abayan Festival 2008
The guys on the tiny colorful canoes were the contestants on the boat racing, apparently (I didn't stick around to the actual event. Was still sleepy so I went home after I took a couple of shots.)
Abayan Festival is a Butuan celebration in honor of the Patroness of Agusan river Santa Anna. It is held every last Sunday of July. It is said that this celebration started as a way to drive the "demons" that lived on the river-- the crocodiles. This happened around the 17th- 18th century, the time where crocodiles had still inhabited the river.
Today there was a fluvian parade (Which I think means, a river parade), boat racing, mass and other activities.
This is a cool link for more info on this subject.