Every third Sunday of January part of Tondo, Manila celebrates the Sto. Niño Fiesta. It is also in the same month where Iloilo held their Dinagyang Festival and the Sinulog Festival in Cebu in honor of Sto. Niño.
The Sto. Niño Fiesta is one of my favorite celebrations. It is really merry and you can see many people walking along the streets plus the colorful banderitas which adds on the festivity. It is a tradition for households to prepare food for the visitors. In our home we usually have some of the food catered and we cook the others personally. We also invest on plates, spoon and fork, food containers and other things needed that can be used during the fiesta. In these ways we can save some rather than spending too much.
During the fiesta we usually joined the long procession together with thousands of devotees. The people in the procession dance while holding their images of Sto. Niño as the different bands give the beat. Along the way are the high rise "pabitin" (similar to a piñata in kids' party) in different forms and fireworks that awaits for Sto. Niño to pass by. On the main day of the celebration, Sunday, many karaokes are in the street and people singing quite loud as some bands passes by on the streets. There are lots of activities especially on Sunday night like singing and dancing contests, and different parlor games. In some shows they also invited guest artists that are one of the most awaited parts by the watchers.
The Sto. Niño Parish celebrates mass on an hour basis because the fiesta is really being jam-packed with visitors aside from the locals. Truly Sto. Niño is well-loved by many as people never forget to give honor to little Jesus on this special and very festive celebration.