Facts About Christmas Traditions in the Philippines
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Facts About Christmas Traditions in the Philippines

Basic Facts about Christmas Traditions in the Philippines

For generations, in good ol' manila, there are many traditions that would make us unique. However, it's the traditions during the Christmas Season is what makes it even more interesting for everyone. So in case you are about to go to the Philippines to meet your loved ones and celebrate Christmas with them. Here are the basic facts you should know about celebrating Christmas in the Philippines.

1. Simbang Gabi or Daybreak masses are very important for most of the people here (particularly, Roman Catholics), to show the Holiday spirit and cheer. These masses occur during the early hours in the morning and it happens during the nine days before Christmas Day itself. Oftentimes, there will be vendors selling various holiday items such as Bibingka and Tsokolate (Chocolate) which you can buy and consume after the mass.

2. The tradition of "Aguinaldo" or simply giving your godchild monetary resource for Christmas has existed for many years. And this happens during the Christmas day, when the extended family will approach you to show respect to the extended family. After the godchildren are finished showing their respects to the godparents, the godparents will give "Aguinaldo" (or the monetary gift) to their godchild.

3. A Philippine tradition, in the event of having, "Noche Buena" or the dinner after the Midnight mass is held. The viands that make Christmas dinner unique here are the Edam Cheese, the Honey-cured Ham and possibly, even the Roast Pork (locally known as Lechon). 

4. In most Christmas traditions in the Philippines, the most popular decorations aside from the Christmas Lights and possibly, the Santa Claus statue, is this unique Christmas decoration that is known as the "Parol". This Christmas decoration is basically a lantern that takes form of a star, for this decoration is in tribute to the star of nativity in Bethlehem, wherein the Magi (Wise Men) have used the Star of Bethlehem to guide themselves towards the Christ during the time of His' birth.

Now with these basic facts about the way Christmas is celebrated once more, you can now prepare for your Christmas vacation and experience the Holiday Traditions within the Philippines. From the festive midnight feast known as the Noche Buena, the nine-day Holiday mass known as Simbang Gabi, and the placement of the Parol itself, not to mention you also have Christmas carol performers asking for an invitation to come in to your house to perform Christmas carols in your home. However, what truly matters is that we all celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus during that Christmas night, regardless of location, distance or race. Expect a Great Christmas and happy holidays!

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Comments (2)

The Philippines has the longest and probably the most colorful Christmas celebration amongst all nations. Nice article. Voted up

Anne Walker

It's nice to see a post that discuss solely Christmas traditions in the Philippines. Nice article. Thumbs up!