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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Celebrating Christmas - Filipino Way

Filipino's Longest Celebration: 

Christmas Holiday

Half Year Celebration




"Ber Months" Filipinos are on prep for the upcoming holiday- Christmas. 
Believe it or not, Among other countries, the Philippines has the longest celebration of Christmas. Once the "ber months" kicked in (September, October and so on) make sure not to get pissed with your neighbors as some of them play Christmas songs all day ( I always do that lol).  

Decorations and more!

A Parol. Picture: credits to thelucilaproject.blogspot.com


Christmas decorations like Parol ( lantern lamp)  and Christmas lights are hanged on the road center island,  across the streets, Christmas music is currently playing within the malls, neighborhood, drinking celebration, party all night, singing on the karaoke with your friends and family and more!


Get together and Christmas Bonus!




Filipinos working abroad go for vacation and celebrate the Christmas with there Family.

The best part, If you work in a private, semi or government companies, the chances are, you will be receiving a 13th-month pay from your company. It is equivalent to one full monthly salary and paid in December (the 12th month) around Christmas and is traditionally called a Christmas bonus.

Filipino Tradition


Simbang Gabi


 Being a Christian, We go to the church and complete the 9 days of early morning mass (Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi). They said if you complete this 9 days of dawn mass which starts between  4 to 5 AM, whatever you wish will be granted.
Dawn masses start from December 16 to 24 and evening masses start between 8 and 10 pm.  Sad to say, I never completed the 9 days.

9 days of "Panunuluyan" or "The Nativity"

photo credits to Xavier University


It is the Filipino Christmas tradition where members of the community re-enact the story of Joseph and Mary’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and culminate with the birth of our Lord in a humble manger.
After Noche Buena Mass, You'll be rewarded with neverending Noche Buena dinner feast for everyone.

Count me in.. Numbers?



More than 86 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, no wonder Pinoys take it seriously,  the rest belong to Protestants and various nationalized Christian Cults.

Believe it or not, December ends, Celebration continues until January and February.

As an Expat, I missed this kind of celebration as I'm working out of the country for 4 years now.
Sad to say, I cannot go on vacation during December as my company wouldn't allow it.

Christmas in our hearts



On the long run, the Christmas celebration is not about the food, partying nor receiving pasalubong (gifts)  from friends and relatives abroad. Rather,  it is the time where we go to church, celebrate a mass and pray together. As this is the day where our Lord Jesus Christ was born.


Greetings!


The Philippines has 8 major languages, Tagalog is the second most used language next to English. here's how to say Merry Christmas.

picture credits to www.hickshiking.com

"Maligayang Pasko Po"




Have a wonderful Christmas with your Family!

Thanks for reading. Don't forget to like and share this content <3

--Ceddy





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