Celebrate Christmas the Filipino way

IF A global competition which country has the most felt Christmas celebration was to be held, Philippines would have a good shot at winning.

Various international magazines and newspapers have already featured a story about the Philippines for having the World's longest celebration of Christmas.

Majority of Filipinos start their preparation for the Christmas season as soon as the calendar hit the first ber-month or September.

Lavish decorations of Christmas trees and parols, Christmas light displays, as well as eucharictic celebrations usually extends until to the feast of the three kings which usually falls over early January.

A good reason behind this long of a festivity roots from the people's faith. Being among the most populous nations in Asia, Philippines is known as a Christian nation.

Several traditions were handed down or even continued until today.

Among those are the following:

Simbang Gabi

The Christmas season is never complete with the "Simbang Gabi" or the early dawn masses. It is a series of masses held for nine nights culminating on the eve of the 24th. Most people believe that a person's wish would be granted if he or she completes all nine Simbang Gabi masses. This practice is uniquely Filipino.

Noche Buena

Noche Buena or the fiesta celebration on Christmas eve is a tradition where families meet to dine together on eve of the 24th.

Christmas Lantern

In some parts of the world, people are experiencing the magical White Christmas but in a tropical country like ours, parols gives colors the households during the yuletide season.

It is the symbol of the star that the Three Kings followed that brought them to the town of Bethlehem on the night of the birth of Christ.

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