Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival

The Dinagsa is a weeklong celebration with the rhythmic beating of drums and honoring the Señor Sto. Niño (Infant Jesus).

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Just like in most provinces who celebrate a festival every January in honor of the Sto Nino, the Cadiz City also has its own version of this Festival which began in the year 1972.

Dubbed as Dinagsa Festival, was  the brainchild of some of the members of the Samaria House Council of Cadiz City, a lay religious organization of the Catholic Church.”Dinagsa” was coined after an event in the past where several whales were drifted on the shores of the said city; the word “dagsa” means driftage. This is also why Cadiz city is tagged “The City of Whales”.

“Dinagsa” was a result of the reaction of the church council to the usual habit of the locals that instead of offering homage to their Patron Saint they would rather engage in gambling/ cockfighting. The founding fathers of Cadiz Ati-Atihan thought of a way by which the feast of their Patron may be truly celebrated by acts of gratitude and praises, rather than by cockfights. These founding fathers, led by Msgr. Vicente Salgado, the then Parish Priest of the Sto. Niño Parish made history. It was then that the Cadiz City Ati-Atihan Festival came into being.

One of the unique features of this festival is the “Lamhitanay sa Dalan” , wherein everyone in merrymaking doesn’t mind being smudged with latex paint on their face. This is in contrast with The Sinulog in Kabankalan where people used charcoal to stain the faces of everyone attending the festival.