Catholics in the Philippines, and Filipinos in the United States, celebrate a feast of the child Jesus, known to many as Sto. Nino, in January. This feast traces its roots to the 16thcentury, when Princess Joanna of Cebu was given an image of Sto. Nino by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who discovered the Philippines.
On Saturday, January 8, area Filipinos and their families and friends will gather for their 17th annual western Massachusetts celebration, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 WilliamSt., Springfield. It will begin at at 11:30 a.m. Their observation is marked by processions, prayers, notably the rosary, and an ethnic meal.
In Manila, Philippines, the feast is observed with several days of novena Masses, church visiting, street processions, singing and dance contests, and cultural presentations. Images of the child Jesus are dressed in different costumes. Area Filipinos also pray the Rosary and share an evening meal in home gatherings every week.
To learn more about this celebration click on this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Ni%C3%B1o_de_Ceb%C3%BA
For more information about the Mt. Carmel Mass and meal, call 413-743-5433.
Photos and information provided by Sister of St. Joseph Betty Matuszek and Olivia Melaya Strohman.