Every third Sunday of January, the streets of Cebu City are filled with the sound of drums and dancers in colorful costumes swimming into an ocean of spectators. Hundreds of thousands of people participate the grand Sinulog Street Parade which is the second highlight of the festival. The first being the Solemn Procession held a day before.
The Solemn Procession held on Saturday afternoon is attended by millions of pilgrims and devotees of the Child Jesus Sto. Niño. At the heart of the procession is the carroza of the image which starts and ends in the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño passing by major streets of Cebu. People of all ages carry their own image of the Child Jesus that come in different faces and sizes while praying the Holy Rosary.
Different faces of Sto. Niño
The Sto. Niño is so much loved and already a part of every devotees’ household. You’ll see Him dressed in a multitude of ways aside from the traditional color Red. Sometimes the way they look is a reflection of the family or it can represent their intentions. For example, they say a Green one represents prosperity in business and career.
Check out the Niños you may see on Solemn Procession.
Aside from the usual majestic clothes, you’ll see Him in simple outfit.
How about something casual?
Or perhaps on something formal, like business formal.
Some say if He has a bag, He is a traveler.
If you see Him dressed on a particular profession, it can mean a thanksgiving for the achievement or career and a prayer for guidance and protection on this field of work.
It can be for their parents or family members.
Or even the whole community in general.
But what I love the most are the children dressed as the Sto. Niño.
They manifest the innocence and purity of the Child King.
With unwavering faith to the Father.
For me, this gesture is a prayer for a mantle of protection to cover their children. That they may grow and be guided by the Christian values.
And at the end of the day, what matters most is to celebrate Sinulog by honoring the Holy Child Sto. Niño through the novena masses and solemn procession. More than the street parties and exciting events, let us not forget the real essence of the whole fiesta celebration and call upon Him:
Pit Señor! Señor Santo Niño!
So, which one is your favorite image? Let me know in the comment your most memorable encounter during the Solemn Procession. And don’t forget to spread good vibes! 🙂 #Prititit