Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rich Tradition of Sinulog Festival

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When we hear the word festival, we think of activities such as street dance, merry-making, parties, and the like. Sometimes we really have to dig deeper for us to be able to better appreciate such cultural celebrations.

Festivals are something that I like to cover. Aside from taking pictures, I am always fond of asking locals about the celebration. For me, having the knowledge of what I am covering gives meaning to what I do.

One thing I am always fascinated of about Sinulog is the fluvial procession of Sr. Sto. Niño. At first, I thought that it's just the translacion of the Holy Child to the Basilica Minore, but it's more than that.

Locals say (later confirmed by an article I read from the Sinulog website) that before the actual fluvial procession, the image will first visit His parents. The image will leave the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and will be paraded to his Father at the St. Joseph Parish (Mandaue City). The Niño will stay overnight with His Father. After His stay, He will be voyaging His way to His Mother, Virgen sa Regla at Lapu-Lapu City, whereas the His Mother will meet Him halfway at the fluvial procession. Both images will be carried by a boat towards their destination.

This tradition which has been cascaded down from generations to generations is still being practiced and observed.

Listen to the Gozos of Sr. Sto. Niño. Press play!

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