This month is considered the spring period in Banaue and start of planting
season where rice seedlings are finally transplanted (hopnak) in the rice
FEBRUARY - MARCH
LITOTONG / BISBIS
This is the period when people celebrate the thanksgiving rites called
"ulpi". During this celebration, the whole family stays home to drink their
homemade wines called "baya". They butcher sacrificial animals as
offering for a bountiful harvest.
IKGHUMTAD AD MAYOYAO
Town fiesta adopting the cultural festival "Ikghumtad" similar to the "Gotad
of Hingyon & Kiangan".
APRIL - MAY
LUYA / OPEH
This summer months in Banaue, characterized by sunny and clear blue
skies, the perfect months for touring and picture taking to the later part of
May. The rice terraces change from green to yellow with the ripening of the
KULPI AD ASIPULO
Town Fiesta adopting the ritual term "kulpi", a family thanksgiving after
transplanting the rice seedlings.
A festival celebrated every after 3 years. The event title was coined after
the term "bumayah" refering to a well-to-do who celebrates his good health
or ripe old age w/ gong-beating and dancing culminating the feast.
LUDU / BOCACO
The start of the harvesting season, farmers celebrate the thanksgiving
harvest ritual called "apuy". They open their sealed rice granaries to bring
out the stored grains but before doing so, they have to bath their butchered
sacred wooden idol or rice god called "bulul" with blood from their
sacrificial animals, either chicken or pig.
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