Sunday, February 16, 2014

Philippines, Kalibo, Panay Island: Ati-Atihan festival

Ati-Atihan festival, held in honor of Santo Niño (baby Jesus) every January. It was originally pagan festival, to which Spanish missionaries added Christian meaning. The name of festival means "To be like Aetas" (Aetas- primary settlers of Panay island). Festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes, weapons and parade. Nowadays it is celebrated as religious festival and rituals beside traditional ones include rosary procession, community mass and carrying various baby Jesus images.

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