Friday, December 15, 2006

Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi

Christmas in the Philippines starts when the month of the year ends with the BER.

This is when radio stations start playing Christmas carols on the air.
Ours is one country that celebrates a mixture of Western and native Christmas traditions.

We send Christmas cards, decorate our houses with Christmas trees, mistletoes, Santa Claus and long strings of lights.
Manila and Makati, the two prime cities are converted into little Paris because of the galore of lights.

The Filipino Chistmas traditions however begin in December 15 for the dawn mass or Simbang Gabi. Masses are held as early as 5' o clock in the morning for nine consecutive days which culiminate on December 24, Christmas eve.

Young people look forward to seeing their friends dressed in their best; office workers come in their work clothes and mothers come with their sleepy kids whose motivation to come is the bibingka and puto bumbong that they buy after the mass.

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