Sinulog Festival

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Cebu's epic annual Sinulog Festival draws pilgrims from around the Philippines. Celebrated on the third Sunday of January, the Sinulog, or Fiesta Señor, is the Feast of Santo Niño (the Christ Child) and is marked by a colourful procession bearing the basilica's venerated image of Santo Niño.

The word sinulog is a Visayan term for a dance that imitates the rhythm of the river. It originated as an animist ritual, but after the Cebuanos' conversion to Christianity it morphed into a dance to honour the image of the Santo Niño.