The Sinulog Festival is a celebration of the Santo Niño, the Child Jesus, who is believed to have miraculous powers and is considered the patron saint of Cebu. The festival is held on the third Sunday of January and is a grand, colorful and lively event that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the Philippines and the world.
The festival’s main event is the grand parade, where participants, dressed in colorful costumes and adorned with traditional headdresses, dance to the beat of drums and other traditional instruments. The dance is called the Sinulog dance, which is a two-step forward and one-step backward dance that mimics the flow of the Cebuano river, which is called Sinulog.
The festival also features other events such as the fluvial parade, a reenactment of the Christianization of Cebu by the Spanish in 1521, religious processions, and cultural shows. The Sinulog Festival is not only an opportunity for locals and visitors to participate in the vibrant celebration of culture, it is also a chance for the people to pay homage to the Santo Niño and to give thanks for the blessings they have received.
The festival is a must-see event for visitors to Cebu, as it showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines and the strong devotion of the Cebuanos to the Santo Niño.