Christmas in the Philippines

Warm Holiday Greetings to everyone! I was invited by a dear friend online, Irene of Away from Tenerife  to share and reminisce how we celebrate Christmas in my home country. I'm incredibly grateful for this invitation.  Check out her blog here

Filipino Christmas Lantern - Parol

Christmas in the Philippines is always taken up a notch and can be the longest in the world.  Christmas carols start playing as early as September, as soon as the "ber" months begin.  Most households start decorating as early as they possibly can with lit-up houses and faux Christmas trees that will stay there until after Epiphany.

An iconic Filipino Christmas lantern called "Parol" is a traditional Christmas ornament that represents the Star of Betlehem that guided the three kings to the manger and is considered a symbol of light and hope over darkness. They can be as colorful as we can make them. The illuminated star pattern is traditionally made of bamboo and Japanese / crepe paper that later evolved into more sturdy ones made of mother of pearl or foil.

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Love & Light,
Arni 


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4 comments

  1. Those illuminated stars are so pretty. I love to learn about traditions in other countries and enjoyed this post. I smiled when you mentioned locking the doors and pretending no-one is home. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2014. Thank you for your regular visits to my blog - much appreciated!

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  2. Those star decorations are lovely.
    Merry holidays to you and the family, Arni

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  3. I was really happy to have you over my blog, Arni! And I really enjoyed your post :)

    I hope you're enjoying a delicious Christmas dinner, Merry Christmas!

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  4. I absolutely loved this guest post!

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