There are at least two well-known, and well-loved, annual festivals in the Philippines to honor the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) — the Sinulog of Cebu and the Ati-Atihan of Kalibo, Aklan. The name of the latter festival means “to be like the Atis or Aetas,” a group of Filipinos who were the primary settlers of the islands. Atis or Aetas have black skin, so it’s common for Ati-Atihan participants and performers to color their skin black and wear tribal costumes, as shown in this photo by Atch (check his Instagram acount, @atch.dreams, for more awesome photos). Aklan’s Ati-Atihan, of course, is the festival that inspired other mardi gras, including the Sinulog. Tourists / visitors must wait for at least one year to watch both festivals, as they are simultaneously scheduled every third Sunday of January. Which festival to watch first? That’s a good problem to have. Click the photo to enlarge.
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