I’m excited for Christmas. It’s been a long while since I last celebrated and spent it with the whole family. For the past 8 years, this has brought me to tears…. sadness…. especially when I get to see a small lantern hanging or most commonly known as “parol”. Here’s an article about “parol” that I contributed to Paraiso Philippines Blog:
Christmas Season in the Philippines is not the one to miss. It is by far the most celebrated of all festivities in the country. As early as the BER months of September, October and November, Christmas music can be heard sporadically played in every busy streets of Metro Manila especially in the malls, department stores, radio stations or any business establishment. But one of the signs that Christmas is around the corner is the Parol or Christmas Lanterns. As early as December 1, people hang their lanterns already, but traditionally it starts at December 16 during which starts also the Misa de Gallos and the street caroling by groups or individual people of all ages, hopping from one house to another.
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