Ati-Atihan Festival

Ati-Atihan Festival

The Ati-Atihan Festival is held annually every January in honor of the Sto. Nino (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan, the Philippines.  Then name "Ati-Atihan" means to be like "Aetas" who were the primary settlers of the Panay Island, where Aklan is situated.

The Ati-Atihan Festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street.  Christians, and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions.  It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo, both adaptations of the festival.


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