How Filipinos Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

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How Filipinos Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

The Philippines is known for having the world’s longest and merriest Christmas season. As a matter of fact, you’ll already feel its season once the “ber” months hit your calendar and it officially ends on the Feast of Epiphany (Three Kings) on the first Sunday after the New Year. There is no any other united country that celebrates Christmas longer than the Philippines. As a count number of fact, once the “ber” months set in, Filipinos will start adorning their houses, establishments, and streets with gleaming displays, massive Christmas trees, and amazing decorations. Aside from that, you’ll begin hearing timeless Jose Marie Chan Christmas classics as well as special Christmas carols in shopping malls and on the radio. Christmas or "Pasko" is the most awaited celebration and happiest event in the Philippines. This is also the time of the year when family get together, especially when family members from overseas come home with lots of gifts. ("pasalubong"), exchanging gifts and the family feast highlight the most loved celebration…such are scenes that you would see at the height of Christmas vacation. Filipinos have a lot of Christmas tradition which makes different from the other, here are some of them.

Simbang gabi,- nine-day Roman Catholic ritual novena performed in the Philippines, starts nine days before Christmas. It ends on December 24 and most Filipinos would bravely awaken by four o’clock in the morning simply to attend the nine-day of mass. What do they get from that? A grateful desire for better health and a better life inside the coming new year.

Parol - Filipino Christmas Lantern, Filipinos homes offices, schools, shopping department shops or even streets are embellished with these star-fashioned multicolored lanterns.

Christmas Caroling in the Philippines  - Once the "Simbang Gabi" starts, children like to form groups and enjoy hopping from one house to another every night singing Jingle Bells, Silent Night and traditional Filipino Christmas songs.
    
Christmas tree – Christmas is not whole without Christmas tree. Since pine timber grows best in a few places in the Philippines, not everybody can have enough money to have a clean Christmas tree. Filipinos have created specific and unique Christmas tree the use of different sorts of local substances, from recycled substances to a more brilliant form of art.
    
Noche Buena – A traditional Christmas Eve feast is eaten after the midnight mass, usually Filipinos attend the Midnight Mass and then return home for a family feast called Noche Buena. Noche Buena is a very special occasion for Filipinos, they used their best china and silverware and cooked their best recipe.

But the most cherished moment at some stage in Christmas is ….. Christmas Day. Well actually, the thrill begins on the morning of December 24, Christmas Eve. People get busy baking and cooking meals in practice for the Noche Buena! A lot of Filipinos would attend Midnight Mass This additionally marks the give up and the final mass of simbang gabi. Filipinos after that might cater to their pangs of starvation and thirst for suitable meals like puto bumbong, bibingka, and salabat, or ginger tea, which are offered to the faithful with the aid of vendors outdoor the extraordinary churches and parishes in the Philippines. At 12:00 AM of December 25, kids could awaken and observe their gifts under the large Christmas tree. Christmas is for the children, a maximum-awaited day because it’s the day for them to go to their uncles, aunts, godmothers and godfathers who present them with gifts, generally candies, a toy or crisp bills of money known as Aguinaldo. After ransacking the gifts, the whole circle of relatives might proceed to the dining desk and revel in their Noche Buena. One could constantly locate lechon, bibingka, hamon de bola, quezo de bola, spaghetti, fruits, pancit, lumpia, and rice on the table. Desserts every so often include ice cream, fruit salad, pastries, and cakes. The adults would take pleasure in wine, liquor or beer to rejoice the essence of Christmas.

Spending a Christmas inside the Philippines with a Filipino family is awesome. But also, we should by no means overlook that it's no longer all approximately the activities that we do during the prolonged time of the season. It's also that time we should don't forget the one who is the reason why we are celebrating Christmas.

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