Feast of San Isidro Labrador

Published May 15, 2021, 9:38 AM

by Christina Hermoso

The feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the revered patron saint of farmers, peasants, agricultural workers, and of Madrid, Spain, is celebrated on Saturday, May 15.

St. Isidore the Farmer (image from Catholic.org)

As one of the most popular saints of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, more than 150 parishes and several municipalities across the country were named and placed under the patronage of the well-loved Spanish saint, who is also known as Saint Isidore the Farmer.

Feast masses will be streamed live by the San Isidro Labrador Parish on Taft Avenue in Pasay City at 6:30 p.m. on May 15 and Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m.

About 150 persons will be allowed inside the church in every mass.

Before the pandemic, traditional observances in the country include the Carabao Festival in Pulilan, Bulacan and Angono, Rizal, which features kneeling carabaos in front of the church.

Quezon Province’s, colorful “Pahiyas” Festival in Lucban, Sariaya’s “Agawan” Festival, and the “Mayohan” sa Tayabas are held in honor of San Isidro as well as the “Kangga” Festival in Mogpog, Marinduque, and the “Bariw” Festival in Nabas, Aklan.

Born in Madrid, Spain, San Isidro was a deeply religious and hardworking farmer who put God at the center of his life. He was known for his piety toward the poor and animals.

Many miracles were attributed to his intercession. He died on November 30, 1130. His wife, Santa Maria de la Cabeza, is also well-venerated in Spain to this day. (Christina I. Hermoso)