Moriones Festival 2017
Festivals and Fairs
Moriones is a yearly festival celebrated during Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, Philippines. This is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Saint Longinus, a Roman who was blind in one eye. The participants use morion masks to portray the Roman soldiers and Syrian mercenaries within the story of the Passion of the Christ. The mask was named after the 16th and 17th century Morion helmet. The Moriones refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus. Morions roam the streets in town from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday scaring the kids, or engaging in antics or surprises to draw attention.
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