The Feast of the Sto Niño is observed in the Philippines on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, which falls this year on 15 January. Some time ago we received a question at email@example.com about the different kinds of statues of the Sto Niño and responded in our Forum. Here are the question and answer, slightly edited.
Hi. I am from Singapore and recently I've started the devotion to Santo Niño after I brought back a Santo Niño from Tacloban. The Holy Child is wearing a hat, carries a bag on his left hand, which is raised in blessing, and on his right hand, he carries a cross. He is dressed in green.
Below are the questions I have:
- I would like to know the name of this particular Santo Niño and its historical and cultural background.
- It seems that there are so many types of Santo Niño in the Philippines. Why is that so?
- I would also like to know how I can express my devotion to this particular Santo Niño which I brought back from Tacloban.
- How many Santo Niños can I place in my house? Can I have a collection of different Santo Niños on one altar? Will there be a conflict?
- What is the difference between a Santo Niño dressed in green and one in red? Do I need to have both on my altar only one?