MASSKARA SA SULAY-BASYA FESTIVAL
Municipality of Sara
Every 3rd week of June
Both coined from Hiligaynon words, “Sulay” or “to get wet” and “Basya” or “to douse with water,”‘ the festival features performing groups in masks, the order of the day at the tribal dance competition. Performers wear bright and multi-coloured costumes dancing to the samba beat.
After the performances, the local custom of getting wet is the most approprlate way to celebrate the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the precursor who prepared people for the coming of Jesus Christ. To remind one of one’s baptism, people in the community use a tabo or water dipper, others have water
guns to douse everyone with water.
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