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    ATI-ATIHAN

    2nd week of January || Kalibo, Aklan, Panay Island


    Celebrated in honor of the Christ Child, the Santo Niño. Celebrants paint their faces with black soot in many different ways and are dressed in the most outstanding costumes as they dance to the rhythims of the drums. Three days of parades lead up to the main procession that starts in the church on Sunday afternoon. The parades are colorful and vibrant, much like the Mardi Gras carnival in Brazil.


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    Ati-Atihan


    The Ati-Atihan is celebrated in the second week of January in the town of Kalibo in the province of Aklan on the island of Panay. Ati-Atihan means "To be like an Ati". The Ati people are the original inhabitants of Panay Island. The Ati are still distinguishable today by their dark skin and curly hair. The Ati-Atihan was originally a Pagan festivals. Missionaries gradually added Christian meaning. Today, it is celebrated in honor of the Christ Child, Sto. Nino.


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