Bulating Festival in Boac

Bulating Festival BoacThe Bulating Festival, which originated in Barangay Malbog in the town of Boac, Marinduque, is similar to the Boling-Boling Festival in Catanauan, Quezon. The word boling is a Visayan word that means ‘dirt.’ Participants cover their whole body with burak (mud) and don a headdress made of branches, twigs, and leaves as part of a spiritual cleansing ceremony to prepare themselves for the Lenten Season. Practioners regard this ritual as an act of humility and thanksgiving. In Marinduque, the ritual was initiated by the Ogayre Family of Malbog. The ritual was adopted by the people; it was eventually turned into a festival in 2001 and included in the province’s tourism program.

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