Ati-atihan Festival
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Ati-atihan Festival is a yearly feast held to celebrate Santo Niño in Kalibo. The festival is held in January, and comes to an end on the third Sunday.

The name ‘Ati-Atihan’ is translated to mean ‘to mimic the Ati tribe’. Ati is a term that refers to the island’s early settlers. At the core of the festival, visitors get to indulge in vigorous tribal dances, ecstatic music and a host of native masks and weapons.

Ati-atihan Festival 2017 and Hotels in Kalibo Aklan Deals

What is interesting to note is that the Ati-atihan Festival 2017 is observed by both Christians and non-Christians. The Ati-atihan has since created a spin-off of events such as the Sinulog Festival in Cebu and the popular Dinagyang of Iloilo City. Little wonder this festival is referred to as the ‘Mother of All Festivals’.

The Ati-atihan 2017 kicks off with mass held to celebrate Santo Niño before the event paves the way for procession. During the opening mass, emphasis is placed on the religious aspect of the event. The procession on the other hand, introduces the traditional aspects of the local people.

The procession brings life to the streets, thanks to the synchronized drum beats and the dancing patterns of the participants. The second day of the event starts at the break of dawn with locals and foreigners taking part in the rosary parade before culminating in the mass.

This Ati-atihan Festival is important for participants because it reinforces the belief that the Child Jesus would offer protection from evil and sickness. In the last days of the Ati-atihan Festival, the participants will carry out processions bearing different images of the Santo Niño.

Join the exhilarating fun of Ati-atihan Festival 2017 in Kalibo Aklan and experience one of the country’s grandest religious spectacle magnified by culture and ethnic traditions to its finest. We carefully and meticulously searched for appropriate hotels near the event in order to suggest and give you the most accurate accommodation options during the Ati-atihan 2017.

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