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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Turning over a new leaf for the feast of St John

Published 25/06/2014|02:30

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Residents, covered with dried banana leaves and mud, walk along a road as they participate in a religious ritual known locally as "Taong Putik" (Mud People), while celebrating the Catholic feast day of Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila, June 24, 2014. According to Saint John the Baptist parish church, hundreds of devotees participated in this year's feast day, which has been observed in the village since 1945, to seek blessings and bountiful harvests. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
Residents, covered with dried banana leaves and mud, walk along a road as they participate in a religious ritual known locally as "Taong Putik" (Mud People), while celebrating the Catholic feast day of Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila, June 24, 2014. According to Saint John the Baptist parish church, hundreds of devotees participated in this year's feast day, which has been observed in the village since 1945, to seek blessings and bountiful harvests. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)

FROM bomb-fires to all-night parties, people are prone to do strange things to celebrate the feast day of St John the Baptist.

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It would however, be hard to out-do this resident of Bibiclat, Aliaga township, of the Nueva Ecija province in the northern Philippines.

He covered himself in mud and then wrapped himself in dried banana leaves to make the rounds of houses to beg for candles prior to attending a Mass.

The unique annual tradition, which dates back to the 1940s, is being observed to pay homage to Saint John, whom they claimed saved the lives of residents of this village. The residents are known as 'Taong Putik' or Mud People. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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