Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sinulog Festival 2011

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The Sinulog Festival and the Feast of Sto. Nino are two of the grandest events in the Philippines. These festivities are observed every third Sunday of the first month of the year. The Sinulog Festival is actually in line with the celebration of the Feast of Sto. Nino. It is an event held in Cebu and a lot of people would come and visit the place in order to celebrate it.

The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, and the devotion of the Filipinos to Sto. Nino can be traced back during the Spanish era. Devout Catholics would celebrate this event to thank Sto. Nino for the answered prayers.

The Sinulog Festival on the other hand, would include street-dancing, colorful parades and all sort of festive celebration to give honor to Sto. Nino. In other parts of the country such as Kalibo, Aklan there is also a festival in line with honoring Sto. Nino and it is known as the Ati-atihan festival.

True indeed, there are so many festivities to celebrate here in the Philippines. These events help in the promotion of tourism in our country. I have not participated yet in Sinulog Festival, but I am hoping that in the near future I would be able to experience how our fellow Filipinos particularly the Cebuanos celebrate such wonderful and colorful event.

Happy fiesta to all those celebrating the feast of Sto. Nino.

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