Maligayang Pasko: The Filipino Christmas Traditions Noon at Ngayon
Christmas is a season of joy, hope, and love. This is the time of the year when we put aside our differences and come together to celebrate life. For Filipinos, Christmas is a very exceptional time as we have our unique traditions that make the joyous season more special.
Through the years, the Philippines’ Christmas celebrations are always a time for family, feast, and joy. Filipino Christmas traditions have changed over the years, but some things remain the same. Here’s a look at how Filipino Christmas traditions have changed over the years, and what remains the same.
One of the most popular Filipino Christmas symbol is the parol. A parol is a star-shaped lantern that is traditionally made from bamboo and decorated with colorful paper. In the past, parols were used to guide people to church on Christmas Eve. Today, they are used as decorations and are often seen hanging in front of homes and businesses.
The beginning of “Ber” months in the country is always a sign that Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas songs and carols are played in every street, every household, transportations, malls, it’s literally being played everywhere! Christmas in the Philippines would not be complete without these sounds of carols being played and sung. Caroling is a popular Christmas tradition in the Philippines, and it is not uncommon to see groups of carolers going door-to-door to sing Christmas carols – only here in the Philippines!
All over the world, Christmas gift-giving is often done in a group setting, with family, friends, and co-workers gathering to exchange gifts. But here in the Philippines, we have a tradition known as “Monito-Monita”. It typically involves Secret Santa-style gift exchange, where each person draws the name of another person in the group and gives them a gift.
And to give us more gift-giving ideas this Christmas season, the WORLD BAZAAR FESTIVAL is back on-ground at the World Trade Center Manila from December 10-19, 2022. As one of the country’s top shopping destinations, the World Bazaar Festival 2022 provides a wide array of perfect gift ideas for our loved ones. Find the latest trendy wears, clothing and accessories available at Woobie’s Designers’ Avenue and Celebrity Pavilion. And to set your shopping mood, World Bazaar Festival also prepared a food crawl avenue called Woobie’s Food World and Woobie’s Goodies which delivers countless food choices and showcases everyday food feast at the convenience of bazaar shoppers.
The World Bazaar Festival continues to be the longest Christmas Charity Bazaar in the country today. For the benefit of ABS CBN Foundation, the event organizer, Worldbex Services International, is true to their commitment towards Social Responsibility and charitable duties. The World Bazaar Festival continues to remind all of us that Christmas is indeed a season of joy, hope, and love and it will always be in the heart of every Filipino all over the World.
The spirit of gift-giving is a very notable Christmas culture in the Philippines. Some traditions may have changed over the years, but some things remain the same. Families still gather together to celebrate, hear the mass and complete the “Simbang Gabi,” eat Noche Buena as one family and exchange Love for one another. Christmas is still a time for feast, and traditional Filipino dishes are still enjoyed by many. Indeed, Christmas in the Philippines is incomparable among every country in the world – for Filipinos, PASKO is truly a time for Jesus, family, feast, and joy.
WORLD BAZAAR FESTIVAL is organized by Worldbex Services International.