On its eight year this year, the week-long festivity is the Barangay’s way of recognizing the role of the buri palm tree in the cultural and historical development of Barangay Bitas. Burihan Festival is also held to honor their patron, Our Lady of Lourdes where the community gather to share their joy with others.
The buri palm is a genus of palms native to India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea and northeastern Australia. It is a fan palm with leaves having a long petiole terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets. The buri palm reaches the height of 20-40 meters and with a trunk diameter measuring up to 1-2.5 meters. All the species are monocarpic and die after flowering. The genus is relatively slow growing and can take many years to form a trunk.
Just like its relative, the coconut tree, buri has a variety of products and by-products made from the palm tree. The fiber of Buri is popular material for making ropes. The leaf is obtained a fiber, similar to that of raffia is used in making cloth, strings, and other fancy items. The fiber from the ribs of its unopened leaves is used in making hats. Strips of unopened leaves are popularly used in making fans, mats and baskets.