'Mud people' festival in the Philippines

Devotees wearing costumes made of banana leaves preparing to head to church to attend a mass as part of a religious festival in honour of St John the Baptist. The occasion, which is known locally as the "mud people" festival, was marked in Aliaga tow
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Devotees wearing costumes made of banana leaves preparing to head to church to attend a mass as part of a religious festival in honour of St John the Baptist. The occasion, which is known locally as the "mud people" festival, was marked in Aliaga town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila, yesterday. Farmers coated in mud paraded in Philippine villages to mark one of the country's most colourful religious festivals.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 25, 2017, with the headline ''Mud people' festival in the Philippines'. Print Edition | Subscribe