Il calendario delle Filippine è davvero pieno di feste e celebrazioni lungo tutto l’anno. Solitamente hanno anche una rilevanza religiosa. E’ il caso del Dinagyang Festival, che si celebra la quarta domenica di gennaio a Iloilo City. Non c’è bisogno di inviti: al Dinagyang Festival tutti sono invitati e i visitatori stranieri sono apprezzatissimi!
The Dinagyang Festival is an annual event, celebrated every fourth weekend of January in Iloilo City, Philippines. It is a celebration to honor the Christianization of the natives and to respect the Holy Child Jesus. The whole town rejoices, shouting their pride of being an Ilonggo and telling their culture. The streets in Iloilo City come alive as the Ilonggos celebrate this annual festivity. It is a very colorful parade coupled with a dramatization in honor of the patron Saint Sto. Niño as the object of performs offerings and prayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of “Viva Señor Santo Niño.” The thundering of “Hala Bira” by the tribe members makes the celebration a lively one. It is also a very popular tagline used by Ilonggos to express their warm participation during the “Dinagyang” celebration. A tribute in honor of Señor Sto. Niño whom Ilonggos believe was very miraculous in times of famine and drought. It became a famous festivity for the locals and tourist who love to participate in the celebration.
It’s more fun in the Philippines.