People have different ways of expressing joy and happiness. In Danao, they use the word “karansa.” According to Karansa Foundation president Adano T. Roble, the word karansa is an expression of thanksgiving among the people. The term is native to Danao, especially among the residents of Barangay Suba who are known to be good potters. These potters would perform dance steps at the end of the day to celebrate the hard work they put into their craft. The term is also associated with dancing to a beat.
The dance steps consist of four patterns: the kikay or ki-ay, the karag, the kurug, and the kurahay or karahay. The kikay entails shaking and swaying the hips and the whole body. Karag entails shaking the whole body in different directions. Kurug is shaking physically or emotionally, which you normally do when you are frightened or cold. Karahay is to judder or to shake and vibrate mechanically at a rapid rate. These dance steps are considered as a way for the potters to express their joy while trying to shake off the fatigue after working the whole day.
Prior to the Karansa Festival, the people of Danao would have a “moro-moro” or a stage play that has become an integral part of the Filipino culture. The Karansa Festival replaced the stage play in 1999. The festival included street dancing that incorporated the karansa dance steps. Colorful costumes and floats characterize the festival.