Locals set 13-hour ‘Kuraldal’ record-A A +A
Sunday, January 6, 2013
STA. ANA -- Locals from Barangay San Nicolas here recently set a record-breaking 13 hours doing the "Kuraldal" dance ritual.
"Kuraldal" is a non-stop dance ritual in major streets in the locality, characterized by swaying and jumping to the beat of kuraldal music, which is believed to bring good harvest.
The event, which attracted visitors and devotees from all walks of life, started at 7 p.m. and ended around 8 a.m. of the following day.
It was first held in Barangay San Nicolas in 1995. The people had been celebrating this ritual dance for at least 19 years now.
The success of the event was attributed on the full cooperation of concerned barangay officials and Barangay Pastoral Council, among others.
Reports have it that "Kuraldal" is Pampanga’s counterpart of Obando’s fertility dance, except that the former is not only for good health but also a dance for couple who want to have babies.
The Kuraldal practice has also spilled over to other Pampanga towns like Betis, where 24 handpicked participants are expected to teach the dance to their children.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 07, 2013.