of us including myself didn't know that Ati-Atihan
Festival of Kalibo Aklan has become the favorite
festival that is celebrated in Saudi Arabia. This has
been celebrated for years now in Saudi Arabia freely but
without any presentations of the image of the Santo
Niņo, an (OFW) who is an Natatanging Bagong Bayani (OFW)
Awardee awardee named Mary Jane Tupas.
Mary Jane Tupas said that: "For several years, Filipinos
in Saudi are assisting us celebrate the Ati-Atihan
revelry in tribal costumes, the same as those the tribal
groups wear in Kalibo. We also celebrate the tradition,
the same as the date that Kalibo celebrates."
The prince of Saudi Arabia has given them permission to
celebrate the Ati-Atihan Festival but with a condition
that there will be no religious icons presented as these
is strictly prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Here in the Philippines, the Ati-Atihan Festival of
Kalibo Aklan which is known as the mother of all
festivals is celebrated annually during the Saturday and
Sunday of January and is devoted to the Sto. Niņo.
Kalibo Aklan's Ati-Atihan Festival is also celebrated in
the USA and Canada not only in Saudi Arabia. Ati-Atihan
Festival is celebrated as a gathering of Filipino abroad
and also to showcase the Filipino culture and tradition
not only the culture and tradition of the Kalibo Aklan
This January, Kalibo Aklan will be celebrating it's
Ati-Atihan festival's 796th year that will highlight on
January 19-20, 2007. There will be a lot of tourist and
visitors around the country to witness this festivities.