The Filipino CHRISTMAS
December 20, 2006 6:54am CST
The Philippines is known for its “Fiestas” or festivals. At the time of Christmas, Filipinos are proud to proclaim their Christmas celebration to be the merriest in the world. Filipino Christmas begins on November and it formally begins on December 16 with the much attendance at the first of nine pre-dawn or early morning masses or “Simbang Gabi” and continues on nonstop until the first Sunday of January, Feast of the Three Kings. The Philippines is the only Asian country where Christians predominate. Majority of its people are in the Roman Catholic faith. Christmas, therefore, is an extremely important and revered holiday for most Filipinos. It is a time for family, for sharing, for giving, loving, and a time for food, fun, bonding, and friendship. To most Filipinos, Christmas is the grandest and celebrated event or fiesta of the year. The splendid tropical climate, the abundance and beauty of its flowers, and lovely landscape, star lanterns, colourful lights, its multitude of culinary special delights, and above all its warm-hearted people with their true devotion to their family, faith all contribute to a holiday.
20 Dec 06
hi jox! its nice to meet a fellow filipino here. where are u from? im from davao city, down in the south =) you've described our xmas celebration so beautifully that i have nothing to add save for saying that filipinos do love to celebrate in high style with their families in connection w/ religious events. Maligayang Pasko sayo! =)