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Philippine Festivals to Celebrate Every January

Embrace the new year with some of the grandest and biggest Philippine festivals. Celebrate the Feast of Black Nazarene, Sinulog, Ati-Atihan and Dinagyang this January!

1. Feast of the Black Nazarene

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This feast is celebrated at the heart of Manila- Quiapo. Devotees come from all over the metropolis to participate in this annual event honoring the hundred-year-old statue of the Black Nazarene.

When: January 9
Where: Quiapo, Manila

2. Sinulog Festival

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This is an annual festival honoring the infant Child Jesus, Sr. Sto. Niño. On the third Sunday of January, the city is filled with music, street dancing, parties, food and more!

When: Every third Sunday of January
Where: Cebu City

3. Ati-Atihan Festival

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This is a celebration in honor of the Infant Jesus, the town’s patron. Ati-Atihan, observed in honor of the Child Jesus. Ati-atihan means ‘making like Atis,’ that is, pretending to be like the aboriginal natives that once inhabited Aklan. This involves smearing oneself with soot to darken the skin and dressing up in tribal finery. The start of the procession is signaled by drums and whistles, and later punctuated by shouts of “Hala Bira!”

When: 3rd week of January
Where: Kalibo, Aklan

4. Dinagyang Festival

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Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon word extrapolated from dagyang meaning “merrymaking” It celebrates the feast of the Infant Jesus and the pact between the Datus and the locals.

When: 4th week of January
Where: Iloilo City

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Do you know any other Philippine festivals celebrated in January? Feel free to share them below! The 4 festivals above are officially listed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

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