Parang Festival

Is a song festival, which comes to life the weekend prior to Christmas. Based on local gossip, songs are dressed in each string band’s unique style and competition during this three day festival; it is usually brisk and raucous. Bands vie for first place, with cleverly composed ditties highlighting the antics of local characters. The public airing of the village gossip is has an interesting effect on island life as people make a concerted effort to ‘behave’ as the Christmas seasons approaches, lest they end up in a song!