St. Hyacinth Fiesta
The most awaited day of parishioners of San Jacinto is the St. Hyacinth Fiesta celebrated every August 17th of every year. Before the pandemic, the celebration starts with a novena mass for 9 straight days from August 8 to 16. This happens by first praying the holy rosary dedicated to St. Hyacinth and after it, there will be a mass. On August 17, many church goers visit church in honor of the town’s patron saint, all over the years it has become the way of the parishioners to thank him. Before the pandemic, the celebration was very colorful. There were drum and lyres and the antique image of St. Hyacinth from the damaged old church would be brought to the procession. Then, it would be a holy mass to be led by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan and after it there is a little gathering and eating together. Now, because of this pandemic, the way of celebrating has changed. The novena mass is still done as well as the holy mass. In this year 2021, the celebration was headed by His Excellency the Most Reverend Fidelis Layog, D. D., Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen Dagupan and Apostolic Administrator of Diocese of Alaminos and his co-celebrant was Rev. Fr. Antonio Ray R. Quinatns, the new parish priest of St. Hyacinth Parish. There has been no physical procession yet a motorcade has become an alternative. It so happened while carrying around the image of St. Hyacinth and Virgin Mary. They bring around the images in the different barangays such as Brgy. Capaoay, San Jose, Lobong, Labney, Awai, Sta Maria, Imelda, Casibong, San Vicente, Macayug, Magsaysay and Sto. Tomas. Every home that was passed by the motorcade set their mini altars outside and they waved white cloths as a sign of their devotion to St. Hyacinth and to Virgin Mary. Moreover, live mass also happens for those who are in their homes even if it’s an online celebration of faith and thanksgiving. Indeed, no one can stop a whole town from celebrating their own patron saint’s feast because it’s already a part of their culture and identity.