Sabuaga Festival: A Celebration of Flower and Faith in Santo Tomas
The Sabuaga festival is a cultural and religious festival that is celebrated in the municipality of Santo Tomas, Pampanga every Easter Sunday. The name of the festival comes from the Kapampangan words “sabuag” which means “to scatter” and “sampaga” which means “flower”. The festival features a procession of the image of the Virgin Mary, who is showered with petals and confetti by the estabats, the town’s maidens in their formal gowns. The festival also includes street dancing, where participants wear colorful costumes and perform ethnic dances that depict the culture and rituals of Santo Tomas.
The Sabuaga festival is one of the oldest and most unique festivals in Pampanga, dating back to the Spanish colonial era. The festival showcases the spirituality, culture, and industry of Santo Tomas, which is known for its flower and vegetable production. The festival also attracts tourists and visitors who want to witness and experience the beauty and hospitality of Santo Tomas.