Dec 23, 2012
Greetings from Philamohio!
With Christmas coming up, you might be interested how Filipinos celebrate this beloved holiday. send your comments on your favorite Filipino christmas traditions !
This was taken from : http://www.kabayancentral.com/pasko/How-Do-Filipinos-Celebrate-Christmas.html
If you’re interested check out this article from CNN.com
How Do Filipinos Celebrate Christmas?
Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world. As soon as it is a�?Bera�? ( as in SeptemBERa�?), festive Christmas carols begin to play on the radio, and Christmas decorations begin to appear. Christmas trees begin to appear a bit later, around the second or third week of November ( just before the US Thanksgiving holidays )
The Christmas song play until Three Kings Day ( first Sunday of January) and the decorations stay even longer, sometimes up to February.
So how do Filipinos really celebrate Christmas?
- Play Filipino Christmas songs
- Decorate homes and offices with Christmas lights, lanterns.
- Prepare for Christmas parties.
- Begin spending 13th month pay by going Christmas shopping
- Go a�?karolinga�? or serenade neighbors, friends and benefactors with Christmas carols to spread holiday cheers.
- Reward carolers with cash and/or snacks.
- Attend “Simbang gabia�?, which is a daily Mass for nine days, held at dawn, beginning December 16.
- When available, eat puto bumbong (sticky rice steamed inside a “bumbong,” or small bamboo tube), “bibingka” (rice cake with salted eggs and fresh coconut meat) and “suman” (steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves) outside the church. Wash them down by drinking steaming a�?salabata�? (ginger brew), tsokolate ( native chocolate drink) or coffee.
- Celebrate with numerous Christmas parties and start your gift-giving.
- In the provinces, watch the “Panunuluyan” in the town plaza on Christmas Eve. This is a re-enactment of Joseph and Marya��s journey to Bethlehem to portrays the difficulty they encountered along the way and the joyous birth of Jesus Christ.
- Attend midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Nowadays, several masses are held on Christmas Eve to accommodate everyone, but the most attended is the last mass before midnight.
- Gather with friends and relatives for “Noche Buena” at midnight, and feast on a�?jamona�? ( ham ), a�?quezo de bolaa�? ( quedam cheese ball ), bibingka ( rice cake ) and sopas ( soup, normally with macaroni noodles ) and pandesal (soft bread) or a�?tastya�? ( sliced bread ) This festive meal is followed by the exchange of gifts.
- Arrange to visit family and friends on Christmas Day. Eat a�?Noche Buenaa�? leftovers. Exchange more gifts.
- Tease your friends by trying to borrow money and playing pranks on December 28, the a�?Ninos Inocentesa�? or Feast of the Innocenta��s Day.
- Buy round fruits and dress in clothes with lots of circles (circles to represent money) and carry some cash on New Yeara��s Eve to bring riches in the coming year.
- Just before midnight, make lots of noise to drive away the bad luck and the Old Year, and light a�?lusisa�? (sparklers), a�?kwitisa�? (fireworks) and a�?rebentadora�? (firecrackers, mini-bombs) to welcome good luck and the New Year.
- Gather again with friends and relatives for “Noche Buena” after midnight to feast on a a�?lechona�? ( roast pig ), a�?lechon manoka�? (roast chicken) and other delicacies. This sumptious first meal will hopefully bring more good meals throughout the New Year.
- Drink and be merry the rest of the night.
Feast of the Three Kings
- Attend mass. The holiday season officially draws to a close on the Feast of the Three Kings on the first Sunday of January.
- Take down those Christmas decorations and start counting: 350 or so days till the next Christmasa��