Manila, Philippines –Santo Niño devotees across the country observe the month of January as the month of the Holy Child, in honor of the Child Jesus, whose image has become a familiar fixture in the homes of devout Catholics.
Festivities, town fiestas, elaborate processions, and commemorative rites are traditionally held in many parts of the country at this time of the year, particularly on the third Sunday of January which, by tradition, is celebrated as the Feast of the Santo Niño. This year the feast falls on January 19.
Devotion to the Child Jesus is widespread and popular among Filipino Catholics who keep an image of the Holy Child in their altars at home.
As the patron of children, parents invoke the help of the Santo Niño to keep watch over their children as well as to guide them in bringing them up. (Christina I. Hermoso)
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