PHILIPPINES CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

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Christmas season is one of the most awaited holidays that Filipinos are looking forward to every year. It is greatly anticipated with much excitement and hope. Everybody is getting ready and they are saving money in preparation for this season. But why do Filipinos are so attached and drawn to this holiday?

Philippines Christmas Traditions Fervour

Even Filipinos from the overseas are looking forward to become a part of this celebration so they make it a point to come home for Christmas.

Christmas tradition is so rich that every custom is valuable and plays a huge part in the hearts of every Filipinos. Every customary practice are enjoyed and celebrated.

Tradition by definition is a belief or conduct conceded down within a society or group of people with a symbolic significance with its ancient history in the past. Traditions can keep on and progress for hundreds of years or even a thousand. Christmas traditions in the Philippines however, are influenced largely by Spanish colony and later improved by the American colony.

Jubilant Spirit of Philippines Christmas Traditions

This fantastic Christmas season in the Philippines is not complete leaving any of this customs undone.

Monito-Monita/ Kris Kringle

A very unique way of giving of gifts during Christmas day is through Monito-Monita or Kris Kringle where every name of those who will participate is written in a small piece of paper for casting lots of names so that they will know exactly what kind of gift to give.

Simbang Gabi/Misa de Gallo

People are excited to wake up very early in the morning to attend the early morning mass at 4:00 am called Simbang gabi. This custom begins in the early morning of December 16 and ends at 10:00 pm of December 24.

Christmas Tree

Every family is thrilled to put out and assemble their Christmas tree in the early days of December and usually displayed in the Sala with colourful Christmas lights and gifts are placed under it.

Carolling

One of the most awaited reasons of children to celebrate Christmas is the Carolling where they go from house to house and sing Christmas carols expecting to receive a reward of money from the house owner after singing.

Noche Buena

It is a traditional Christmas Eve feast enjoyed and eaten after attending the Misa de Gallo. Some families held their annual reunion during Noche Buena because it is the best time for all of them to be complete. Ham and Queso de Bola is always present in the table.

Parol or Christmas Lantern

Adorable Christmas lanterns hanged in the windows of houses or even in the street lights add the joy in the spirit of Christmas. It is one of the symbols that remind everyone that Christmas is fast approaching. A lantern is a star shaped object made up of colourful art materials that also depicts the star in Bethlehem followed by the Magis who looked for the King who was born.

Celebrating Philippines Christmas Traditions Internationally

The rich traditions and customs of Christmas in the Philippines makes this celebration remarkable and always remembered by Filipinos especially those who are in the overseas who cannot afford to go home this coming Christmas. On the other hand, some Filipinos are starting to adapt this culture to the countries where they are. Filipinos are gathering together and they organize their own Christmas celebration the Filipino way.

Some are gathering together for a Simbang-Gabi and celebrate the Christmas Eve together in the house of their Filipino friends. They prepare Queso de Bola (round cheese) and Pancit. Some also are singing Christmas carols and play Tagalog Christmas songs in their houses. Other Filipino houses in US put up Christmas lights  and a lighted Parol on display.

Philippines Christmas Traditions is known worldwide because of the Filipinos dispersed abroad who want to bring the real essence of Christmas wherever they go.

Philippines Christmas Tradition Essence

All traditions and customs that Philippines have is primarily motivated by their profession of faith and love for God. Secondly, because of the love and family ties that circle around every Filipino family. This is what makes them distinctive among any Christmas celebration around the world.

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