Each year on the third Sunday of January, a grand dance carnival is set in Cebu where travelers from all over the world participate in the Sinulog festival, the largest local event in Cebu, Philippines. Festive clothes and souvenirs are found everywhere on the streets from time to time. You can also see the local people holding the baby Saint named Santo Niño, festive music can be hear and lively dance can be seen in the entire downtown area of Cebu.
The meaning of Sinulog is the movement of water current. It becomes a traditional dance which is accompanied by the sound of drums. The dance is done by two steps forward and one step backward as if it were a stream of water.
在西班牙人來到宿霧之前，當地人即為他們稱為anitos的木製神跳著傳統舞蹈表示尊敬與崇拜。1521年4月7日，麥哲倫抵達宿霧並在海岸種下十字架，除了開始了西班牙殖民菲律賓的日子，也將信仰帶進菲律賓這塊土地。之後，他把聖嬰像作為受洗禮物給了宿霧地區當時酋長的妻子Hara Amihan(Queen Juana)。當時約800名當地人接受了信仰的洗禮。
Before the Spaniards came to Cebu, the locals showed their respect and adoration through traditional dance of wooden gods they call Anitos. On April 7, 1521 Magellan arrived in Cebu and planted a crucifix on the coast. In addition to the beginning of the Spanish colonization in Philippines, Spaniards also brought Christianity into the land of the Philippines. After that, he gave the holy baby as a baptism gift to Hara Amihan (Queen Juana), wife of the chief. At that time, about 800 local people received the baptism of faith and become Catholic.
This event is often used as foundation for most Sinulog dances, which presents the coming of the Spaniards and the integration of Catholic faith and traditional dance.
One of the famous Sinulog dances is the Queen Juana who was holding the Santo Niño in her arms and using it to bless her people who are often worried by sickness caused by demons and other evil spirits.