Ati-Atihan Festival

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus).

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This festival is held in honor of the Sto. Nino or the Infant Jesus. It was first celebrated as a pagan festival in honor of Anitos or Pagan gods of the native people before the Spanish arrived. Today it is celebrated in honor of the Sto. Nino. People cover their bodies or faces with soots to look like Atis or Aetas (native people) and dance streetdances with a holy image of the Sto. Nino. Masses, Novenas and Rosary processions are done also.

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