Sunday, January 20, 2019

Celebrating the Feast of Sto. Niño 2019

I'm always fascinated with Philippine culture, especially how Filipinos celebrate festivals, showcasing the best in arts with a modern twist.

This month of January is a month-long celebration of one of the grandest festivals in the country - - the Feast of Sto. Niño. This is perhaps one of the oldest religious festivals in honor of the Holy Child Jesus, which was brought into the archipelago in the 16th century. Five centuries have passed, and we are still celebrating the presence of the Holy Child Jesus. It is everywhere; in churches, chapels, our home altars, and our hearts.

What makes it significant in our lives is the innocent appeal of the image of Sto. Niño. As Christians, we are called to emulate his character and strengthen our faith in his name. 

I may not have witnessed the grandest festival in honor of Sto. Niño like Sinulog, Dinagyang, and Ati-than, but I have been celebrating a long procession of the different images of Sto. Niño in Tondo, Manila, and Caloocan City for 4 years, and  My previous years' celebrations are below:

Here, people are dancing to the loud beat of the drums while carrying a Sto. Niño image. The young and the old, the rich and the poor, are together in this celebration.

Our endless devotion to Sto. Niño is about accepting Jesus in our lives. When we are weak, then comes strength. When there is sadness comes happiness. And in desperate cases comes hope.

© 2019 Del Cusay