Fancy dancing in the streets with painted faces on? Ever imagined riding a tuna parade float? How about running a race in high heels? These are only some of the many ingenious ways that the people of the Philippines do to have fun and take pride in what they have. Festivals in the country are too much to count for a person to attend it all, but there are a lot of celebrations that have garnered a crowd following over the years.
Major characters that are present in the colourful and famous festivals in the Philippines are religion, food specialties, and skills expertise, all of which show the ever-so-popular sunny disposition of the Filipinos.
The Filipino people are a spiritual bunch. When the Spaniards set foot in the Philippines hundreds of years ago, they brought with them the Christian religion. In a town, city or province wherein Roman Catholicism dominates the community, more or less it has a patron saint being celebrated in the place.
A lot of spiritually-inclined festivals are dated on the birthday of that particular saint. Some days have been unanimously agreed upon regardless of specific date significance. The grandiosity of the celebration ranges from a simple barangay get-together to a nationally-acclaimed street party that becomes a tourist activity on its own. One example of the latter is Aklan’s Ati-atihan Festival which is celebrated in honor of Sto. Nino or the Infant Jesus.