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Sinulog festival

My Filipino American e-friend Joshua Migallos Ligan introduced me to Sinulog, the Feast of the Santo Nino [=Holy Child] of Cebu. He wrote to me that the holiday season extends from All Saints’ to Sinulog, the third Sunday of January.

The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines. The festival honors the child Jesus, known as the Santo Niño (Holy Child), patron of the city of Cebu. It is a dance ritual that commemorates the Cebuano people’s pagan origin, and their acceptance of Christianity.

The festival features a street parade with participants in bright-colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs. Smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate, and honor the Santo Niño.


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