Philippine Holiday Celebrations and their Customs
Here are some of the top Filipino Holidays Custom that will remain embedded in our memory.
Some have religious connections while others are clearly superstitious. They assure you how fun it
was to celebrate the holidays in Philippines.
The Parol is unique for the Filipino. It is the Christmas symbol in star shape. They start making
parols three months before Christmas. They bend the bamboo into frames of different sizes. And
they glue the paper to the bamboo frame. Each point of the star has a tassel. A tassel is a bunch of
yarn or ribbon. It is tied together at the top. It symbolizes the star that the 3 wise men followed to
reach the stable where Jesus was born. Once parols are seen in houses shops and many public
places, it is apparent that the Christmas Season is upon us.
9 day Novena, Simbang Gabi
Simbang Gabi an Advent Night Mass is a tradition over 400 years of that gets its roots from the
Spaniards who had settled & had contributed to the Philippine culture. It traces its roots in Mexico
when, in 1587, the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Soria, prior of the convent of San
Agustin Acolman, to hold Christmas mass outdoors because the Church could not accommodate the
huge number of people attending the evening mass.In the Simbang Gabi novena the faithful
accompany Mother Mary in nine dawntwilight Masses from December 16 to December 24, the eve
of our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth. The Spanish version of this is called "Misa de Gallo."
It is a celebration of nine Advent Masses, starting on December 15th and ending with a midnight
Mass on December 23rd.That is the novena of masses begin 9 days before Christmas day in various
parishes. There was some joy too in buying puto bumbong and bibingka to eat at home with hot
salabat (ginger tea) ,chocolate ah.. Until now, some churches still allow bibingka and puto bumbong
makers to cook and vend in the churchyard. This is an fantastic event in Philippines.
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