Festivals in Cebu, Philippines

  • Sto. Niño Festival

    • 1 Jan 2014

    This festival is held on different days in different provinces of Philippines. In Bulacan this festival is help during the last Sunday of January. In some other provinces it’s held during the first Sunday of January. The festivities are somehow different in some regions but basically the local and foreign tourists have an opportunity to see very well-made Catholic images and statues of the Child Jesus, known locally as the Sto. Niño in various manifestations.

  • Pista ng Tatlong Hari (Feast of the Three Kings)

    • 5 Jan 2014

    During the feast of the Three Kings, also known as the Epiphany, in Philippines people usually pray and prepare gifts for Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. This feast usually marks the official end of the liturgical Christmas in Philippines.

  • Sinulog Festival

    • 19 Jan 2014

    People shouts "Viva Pit Señor". The Sinulog is Cebu City's most popular and grandest festival. It is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of the Señor Sto. Niño. Foreign and local tourists flock to Cebu City for this celebration and join in the procession and the grand mardi gras. The Sinulog is a dance-prayer expressing devotion to the Holy Child. it is popular belief among Cebuanos that this dance-prayer is the most effective way of getting favors from the Sto. Niño. This festival is world-renowed and the most extravagant festival in Cebu. The Sinulog festival is celebrated in honour of the holy child Senior Santo Niño. The highlights in this festivities is the street dancing where merrymakers dance to the beat of the pit senor drums.

  • Chinese New Year

    • 31 Jan 2014

    As far as I’m aware, Filipinos do respect the Chinese community. During the last few years, the Chinese New Year has been considered a national holiday. I think this fact speaks for itself. I bet you know the Dragon dance because it symbolizes the start of a Chinese new year not only in Chine but in Philippines as well.

  • Mahal na Araw (Holy Week)

    • 23 Mar 2014–31 Mar 2014

    The Philippine Holy Week celebration is a period of wherein devotees reenact the significant moments of Jesus Christ’s life, from the time of his preaching, going through the time of his death, and until his resurrection.

  • Via Crusis (Way of the Cross)

    • 24 Mar 2014–31 Mar 2014

    Via Crusis or Via Dolorosa is a religious devotion that takes place in Cebu City and commemorates 14 key events on day of Christ’s crucifixion during the season of Lent. It’s attended mostly by Cebuano devotees and other devotees who voluntarily join the penitential procession to 12 Stations of the Cross found in 12 hectares of rolling hills.

  • Flores de Mayo/Santacruzan (Flowers of May)

    • 14 May 2014–18 May 2014

    Santacruzan is a very popular event in Philippines. During this event people celebrate the finding of the True Cross by Santa Elena. Prior to Santacruzan, a nine-day novena is held honoring the Holy Cross. It is followed by a procession wherein Reina Elena is represented by a beautiful girl accompanied by a boy who shall represent King Constantine. Other girls and boys in the parade represent biblical characters. Well-decorated arches are the highlights of this event. It’s a month-long national festival.

  • Eid-El FITR Muslim Festival

    • 7 Aug 2014

    Occasion: This Muslim festival that signifies the end of Ramadan, or the holy month of fasting, has been declared a national holiday to give further respect to the Islamic religion in the Philippines.

  • Sarakiki

    • 1 Sep 2014–8 Sep 2014

    Sarakiki celebrates cockfighting as a hobby among many Filipinos. During this festival people dance in costumes that make them look like the brave fighting roosters.

  • Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival

    • 1 Oct 2014–12 Oct 2014

    The miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pilar at Fort Pila is celebrated during the Zamboanga La Hermosa festival.

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