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Awesome Celebrations and Festivals in the Philippines this January 2014


Most of the festivals in the Philippines have some sort of cultural or religious aspect to them. Indeed, they are events that shouldn't be missed in the Philippines. We have a lot to offer with festivals and celebrations happening every month all over the country. This January 2014, we have five big festivals and celebrations to watch out for. There's the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo Aklan, Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City and Chinese Lunar New Year. For your reference, here's a calendar of the festivals happening this month.

JANUARY 9, 2014 (Thursday) - Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila



The Feast of the Black Nazarene is an annual event held in the capital City of Manila every January 9th. It is a fiesta that commemorates the Traslacion or the transfer of the religious image of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno to its shrine in Quiapo Church. Considered as one of the most attended religious events of the Catholic devotees, an estimated of 6-8 million devotees join the procession every year. Certainly, the "Pista ng Itim na Nazareno" is one religious festival to watch out for.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • January 7, 2014 3:00 PM - Procession of all replicas of the Black Nazarene
  • January 8, 2014 1:00 PM - Kissing of the replica of the Black Nazarene and 7:00 PM - Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand
  • January 9, 2014 12:00 MN - 4:00 AM – Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand and 6:00 AM - Holy Mass at the Quirino Grandstand followed by the procession of the Black Nazarene to Quiapo Church

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JANUARY 18-19, 2014 (3rd Weekend)- Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo Aklan



Touted as the "Mother of all Festivals", Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo Aklan is one of the must-see festivals honoring the Senyor Santo Niño. Held annually in January and concludes on the third Sunday, you'll get to see different tribe-participants dancing in revelry the major streets of Kalibo to the beat of the drums known as the "Sadsad Pasaeamat kay Senyor Sto. Niño". They painted their faces with black soots, wear indigenous costumes, carry tribal weapons, some would be in colorful and extravagant costumes and the others with paints all over their body as they show how "to become like Aetas".

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • January 18, 2014 - TRIBAL, MODERN, BALIK-ATI AND INDIVIDUAL ATI-ATIHAN CONTEST
  • January 19, 2014 - RELIGIOUS PROCESSION AND DANCE

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JANUARY 18-19, 2014 (3rd Weekend)- Sinulog Festival in Cebu



Sinulog Festival is one of the country's grandest festivals in honor of the Santo Niño . It is an annual event held every third Sunday of January in Cebu City where a grand display of colorful and festive dancing with various contingents from all over Cebu and other provinces in extravagant costumes dancing to the beat of the Sinulog. As a religious celebration, it is the time of the year where millions of local and foreign tourists and devotees flock to the Queen City of the South to pay homage to the Infant Jesus and to witness and join the festivities.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • January 18, 2014 (Saturday) - Fluvial Procession and Solemn Foot Procession
  • January 19, 2014 (Sunday) - Sinulog Festival 2014 34th Grand Parade

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JANUARY 25-26, 2014 (4th Weekend) - Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City



Dinagyang is an Ilonggo term for "merrymaking", is a religious and cultural celebration in Iloilo City showcasing the rich heritage, colorful history and passionate devotion of the Ilonggos to the Senyor Sto. Niño. Held annually on the fourth weekend of January, Dinagyang Festival is as grand as Iloilo's old churches and mansions. Every year, thousands of tourists and devotees are expected flock to the streets of Iloilo City to join the celebrations and to witness the grand performances of different tribes as they dance to the beat of the drums in excellent folk choreography.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • January 24, 2014 (Friday) - Fluvial Procession along Iloilo River
  • January 25, 2014 (Saturday) - Kasadyahan Festival
  • January 26, 2014 (Sunday) - Dinagyang Ati-ati tribe competition

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JANUARY 31, 2014 (Friday/Special Non-Working Holiday) - Chinese New Year



Chinese New Year is considered as one of the most important celebrations for the Chinese community in the Philippines. The Filipino-Chinese communities all over the Philippines celebrate Chinese New Year every year in hope of attracting good luck, closer family ties, peace and prosperity. It is a special non-working holiday in the Philippines as stated in Malacañang Palace's Proclamation 655, which was signed September 2013. Proclamation 655 lists all regular and special holidays for 2014.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL
  • January 31, 2014 (Friday) - Chinese Lunar New Year's Day

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