The colorful and exciting Ati-Atihan Festival is held each year during the month of January in the town of Kalibo on Panay Island, the festival is in respect of the Santo Nino, (the infant Jesus), with the festival ending on the third Sunday. Since Boracay Island is part of Aklan province, and so the Ati-Atihan Festival is also celebrated here, and is enjoyed by the many tourist visiting the island during their holiday vacation.
To be like the Aetas, this is what Ati-Atihan means, as the Aetas are considered to be some of the earliest habitants on Panay Island in the Philippines.
The Ati-Atihan Festival held on the island of Boracay consists of local Filipinos dressed in colorful costumes that include weapons, performing an authentic tribal dance as native music is also performed by locals. You will find that both Christians and non-Christians celebrate this day with a religious cavalcade.
The Ati-Atihan Festival of Aklan has also inspired other Philippines Festivals like the Sinulag Festival in Cebu and the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo, both of which were are of similar variations of the Ati-Atihan Festival that originated here in Kalibo.
Before taking a trip to Boracay, first checkout our list of Boracay holidays, and then schedule your vacation to coinside with either the holidays or festivals you whish to enjoy.