The Philippines just isn’t the Philippines without the colourful festivals, or fiestas, that rage across the country throughout the year. Exuberant town fiestas are largely vestiges of the Spanish era, mixing in elements of Catholism with festivities, feasts and indigenous drama. The granddaddy of them all is the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, a week-long street party raging from sun-up to sundown, peaking on the third Sunday of January. Fiestas are usually celebrated on the feast days of their patron saints, as determined by the Catholic calendar. Historically every household was expected to prepare food and serve it to anybody who appeared at the door. Nowadays, food is still prepared but on a greatly diminished scale, and only people who have been invited show up at the buffet table. The fare on such occasions varies regionally, but generally consists of pork, beef and chicken dishes, sometimes with some fish and seafood thrown in.