By Jen Avisado
January 21 is the Feast of the Sto. Niño, a unique feast given by the Catholic Church to Filipinos. The feast is unique because Filipino Catholics are given the chance to celebrate Jesus’ childhood.
Childhood is a unique phase in our lives, marked by innocence, curiosity, and a sense of wonder. It is a time when the world appears vast and magical, filled with endless possibilities. The memories of our childhood often hold a special place in our hearts, shaping our perspectives and influencing the individuals we become.
In the context of Sto. Niño, the connection between childhood and spirituality becomes pronounced. The image of the Sto. Niño, or the Holy Child, is a symbol of the divine in the form of a child. This representation carries profound spiritual significance, underscoring the purity and humility associated with childhood.
The Sto. Niño is deeply embedded in the cultural and religious fabric of the Philippines, particularly in Cebu, where the Señor Santo Niño is venerated. The annual Sinulog Festival, celebrated with grand processions and vibrant performances, pays homage to this iconic representation of the Holy Child. The devotion to Sto. Niño reflects a fusion of Filipino spirituality and the childlike qualities of trust, love, and simplicity.
So, let us celebrate the Sto. Niño’ s feast by remembering the values the Child Jesus teach us – simplicity, humility, and dependence on God, our Father. Pit Senyor!