Who's excited for the Dinagyang festival this weekend? We are! Dinagyang Festival is a showcase of the rich heritage, colorful history, passionate devotion, and fun-loving spirit of the people of Iloilo.The festival traces its roots as a thanksgiving celebration in honor of Senyor Santo Nińo, the holy child Jesus. It is considered to be one of the Philippines’ most spectacular religious and cultural festivals.
From the root word “dagyang” which means “to make happy” in Ilonngo, which also means making merry or merry-making. It is a celebration of Illonggos who have their bodies painted in black to imitate the black, small and slender negritos who are the aborigines of Panay. While the warriors are dressed in fashionable and colorful Aeta costumes.
Every fourth weekend of the month, the Dinagyang Festival is celebrated in Iloilo to honour the Christianization of the natives and to respect the Holy Child Jesus. What’s more exciting than seeing the streets of Iloilo filled with a very colorful parade of cracking drums and shouts of “Viva Senor Santo Nino!” paired with a dramatization in honour of the patron Sto. Nino as the objective of all performances. Not to mention “HalaBira” as the tribe members celebrate with joy.
The schedule of events are as follows:
Fluvial Procession (Friday)
Kasadyahan Cultural Parade (Saturday)
Dinagyang Ati Competition (Sunday)
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