Fort St. John's Filipino community held a Sinolug Festival celebration and Feast of Santo Niño at the Church of the Resurrection on Sunday.
Considered one of the largest and grandest in the Philippines, the festival is a Catholic tradition held each January in honour of a revered relic in the country's history.
Guide to the Philippines explains:
“Sinulog is held in celebration of one of the country’s most famous historic relics: the Santo Niño de Cebú. This was the statue of the baby Jesus that was handed to the Rajah Humabon of Cebu by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. This was one of the most important events in the religious history of the Philippines as it paved the way to the birth of Christianity in the country.
"At the moment of receiving the holy image, it was said that Queen Juana, the main consort of Rajah Humabon, danced with joy holding this image of the child Jesus. The other natives followed her example, and this event was regarded as the first Sinulog dance. The same event was used as the basis for most Sinulog dances."
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