Sinulog is a nine-day fiesta celebration in honor of Sto. Niño. The celebration entails two major activities. the religious procession on a Saturday and the grand street parade the following day.
Organized by the Augustinian order, the solemn procession in Honor of the Child Jesus is basically the same manner as of the other religious processions in the Catholic Church. It begins in the church and ends in the church.
Millions of pilgrims and devotees of Sto. Niño flock the streets going to the Basilica bringing with them candles and rosaries as they respond to the holy rosary which is spoken in different languages.
Parishioners from different parishes, business sectors, colleges and universities, government officials, archdiocesan organization and all sectors in the Cebuano community, including group of friends, families and relatives join together in honoring the patron saint.
The solemn procession route may vary every year to cater to other barangays who were not visited by the Child Jesus the other year and also depending on the estimated number of devotees participating the event.
After the procession a high mass is going to be celebrated.
Immediately after the mass, performing the Sinulog dance is recommended for those who have petitions. Many people believe that their hopes in life are answered by dancing the Sinulog after the solemn procession. A dancer must have his or her own candle for dancing. Dancing with complete strangers, armed with candles in hand and hearts filled with pure love our beloved Sto. Niño, will surely not only please one’s self – but the dear Child Jesus as well. A walk f0r the Niño by Marian Codilla
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