Every May 15, the fronts of houses are elaborately decorated with brightly colored rice wafer, called kiping, a type of rice dough made from a traditional recipe. Pahiyas is the time when people in Lucban, Quezon give thanks to San Isidro Labrador for a good harvest. Pahiyas means “decor”. When the festival is over, these kiping are cooked and eaten as rice chips. It is a wafer-thin leaf-shaped rice tortilla dyed in a spectrum of colors, and used to create chandeliers, huge paper fans, flowers, and floats. In the Afternoon, San Isidro Labrador’s image is carried accross town in a procession to assure farmers of more bountiful harvests in forthcoming seasons.
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