Feast of Saint John in the Philippines: Mud People, Water Fights, Costumed Roasted Pigs

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People covered in mud and wearing costumes made from banana leaves walk from a rice field to church during a religious festival held in honour of St John the Baptist, in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija province, Philippines. (AFP)

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Hundreds of farmers covered in mud and wearing costumes made from banana leaves attend a mass to honour St John the Baptist. (AFP)

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Devotees wearing banana leaves attend mass during what is known locally as the “mud people” festival in Aliaga, Philippines. (AFP)

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People covered with dried banana leaves and mud light candles as they take part in a religious ritual to celebrate the Catholic feast day of Saint John the Baptist. (Reuters)

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A man covered in mud participates in a religious ritual known locally as “Taong Putik” (Mud People) to seek blessings and bountiful harvests. (Reuters)

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Devotees carry a statue of Saint John the Baptist while celebrating the feast day of their Catholic patron saint in the village of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. (Reuters)

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A roasted pig dressed as a motorcycle rider is paraded through the streets in Balayan, Batangas province, Philippines, to celebrate the feast of St John the Baptist. (AFP)

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A roasted pig dressed as Spider-man is paraded through the streets in Balayan to celebrate the feast of St John the Baptist. (AFP)

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A roasted pig dressed as a dialysis patient is paraded through the streets in Balayan. (AFP)

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Pigs’ heads are roasted over a fire in the Philippines. (AFP)

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Passengers riding in a public motorcycle cab doused with water, to celebrate the Feast Day of St John the Baptist, patron saint of San Juan city, Philippines. (Reuters)

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People spray each other with water-pistols to celebrate the feast day of St John the Baptist in Manila, Philippines. (AFP)

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A woman is tossed into the air by friends while the fire brigade drenches her with water in Manila. (AFP)

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People are showered with water by the fire brigade during the traditional St John the Baptist Feast Day celebrations in San Juan city, Philippines. (Reuters)

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