PRESIDENT AQUINO DECLARES 2015 AS YEAR OF THE CARABAO

 Madonna, the hard-working Carabao of Villa Escudero in the Philippines (Photo: The Adobo Chronicles)
Madonna, the hard-working Carabao of Villa Escudero in the Philippines (Photo: The Adobo Chronicles)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was a non-working holiday last February 19 in the Philippines, as declared by President NoyNoy Aquino, to observe the Lunar New Year.

Elsewhere in the world, an entire year has been lost in translation, with countries and communities celebrating the Year of the Goat, Year of the Ram, Year of the Sheep. So  which is it?

What is little known about Aquino’s holiday proclamation was that his staff at the presidential palace, Malacanang, were very confused as to what to call this Lunar New Year. In doing some research, the staff determined that Yang (the sign for this New Year) is loosely translated as a “horned animal,” hence the confusion among the goat, ram and sheep — all horned animals.

To clear the confusion, Aquino, in his actual proclamation, decided that this year is the Year of the Carabao in the Philippines.  The carabao (water buffalo) is a horned animal that is used in many farm lands in the country.

Designating this as the Year of the Carabao makes it more appropriate and significant to the Philippine setting, Aquino said, since there are no sheep or rams in the country — only goats.

Kilawen na Kambing, a Filipino dish akin to ceviche, but made from goat meat. (Photo: The Adobo Chronicles)
Kilawen na Kambing, a Filipino dish akin to ceviche, but made from goat meat. (Photo: The Adobo Chronicles)

Despite the year being designated as the Year of the Carabao, residents of Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, celebrated the holiday by having family feasts consisting of kalderetang kambing, adobong kambing and kilawen na kaming, all goat delicacies popular among folks in Baguio and other parts of the country.

 

 

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