Christmas is a BIG deal in the Philippines.
If you grew up in this enthusiastic country, odds are you like to celebrate the holiday period with complete enthusiasm.
And no matter where in the world you may find yourself, there will always be a part of you that will miss the exuberant traditions of the holidays back home.
Here’s 4 ways people in the Philippines really know how to get in the festive spirit:
It’s never too early to start celebrating
Less than halfway through September, you can expect tinsel on the walls of your local shop and Christmas songs on the radio.
It doesn’t matter if Christmas is over one hundred days away, getting festive is a process that literally spans months in the Philippines. And most people certainly do not mind.
You’re never too old to create a parol
If you grew up in the Philippines, you will be very familiar with traditional Filipino Christmas lantern that is the parol.
And though you could potentially buy a pretty fantastic one, all the fun is in making them (even if they look tend to look less than impressive upon completion).
Carolling is an activity not to be missed
It’s not unusual for the whole family to get together and head around the neighbourhood singing the most notable of Christmas classics.
These excursions are generally unplanned and it’s also necessary to shout “Namamasko po!” at the top of your lungs as you go door-to-door.
Forget precision and remembering the lyrics perfectly, this Filipino tradition is all about having festive fun. (But if someone wanted to give you coins and candy for your efforts, you would most certainly not stop them).
Completing Simbang Ganay
Mass during the festive season is pretty important in the Filipino community, especially among the older relatives in the family.
And the saying goes that if you attend the nine early morning masses between December 16 and Christmas Eve, you will be granted one wish.
And if you miss one, you will no doubt never hear the end of it from Nanay!
Why not reconnect with the Philippines this holiday season and send a load to a Globe Philippines number today!