Taong Putik Festival is an annual religious festival in the small village of Bibiclat in the town of Aliaga, Nueva Ecija. Held every June 24th, the devotees of Saint John the Baptist pay homage to him on his feast day by wearing costumes patterned to his attire by soaking themselves in mud and cover their body with dried banana leaves to celebrate his feast day.
It is said that the taong putik goes house to house or ask people for alms in form of candles or money to buy candles which they offer for Saint John the Baptist.
They then converge at the church to offer the candles and say their prayers.
Devotees are called as "Taong Putik" or "Nag-sa-San Juan" by the town folks of Aliaga because of their effort to imitate Saint John the Baptist by wearing costumes patterned after his attire using native materials.
Young and old.. Rich and poor joined together and celebrated today's feast of Saint John the Baptist with a "Taong Putik Festival" to show their devotion and thanksgiving to San Juan Bautista.
Here are more photos of Taong Putik Festival 2015:
At 6:00 am, the thanksgiving mass for the devotees started at the St. John the Baptist Parish in Brgy. Bibiclat, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija
I've been wanting to witness this Taong Putik Festival in Aliaga, NuevaEcija. I am happy to finally see it today in celebration of the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Thank you Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Cabanatuan and to my friend Rob Pinzon of palibut.com for bringing us in Brgy. Bibiclat. Truly, the Taong Putik Festival is a "one of a kind" festival you should experience once in your life!
The mass was followed with a procession of the image of Saint John the Baptist.
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