Christmas in the Philippines is one of the biggest holidays in the archipelago.
In Germany, a lot of people are annoyed about the early Christmas start. But it is different in compare to the Philippines. In the Philippines, christmas start at the early of September. For my part, I will take it with humour, because it is not easy to come in Christmas mood in the case approx. 30 degrees in the shade.
Christmas in the Philippines is the most awaited season.
People start to decorate their home with colourful Christmas lights, Christmas decor and Christmas lantern. Children start with the tradition to sing Christmas carols.
In the Christmas eve, Filipinos like to celebrate Christmas with a lot of tasty food like lechon (sulking pig), roasted chicken, adobo, Ham, afritada, spaghetti, and fried chicken. There are also different type of salad like chicken, macaroni and fruit salad. Traditional Filipino foods at Christmas are puto, biko, bibingka and suman.
The food to be serve in christmas eve depends on each Filipino family, but the food I mentioned are always part of the Christmas festivities. Simbang Gabi or Nine Mornings are also one of the known traditions in the Philippines. Nine Morning starts at 16 of December until 24 of December. It is a traditional Mass that start at 3 and ends at 5 o’clock in the morning.
One day before Christmas, the Filipinos are celebrating the incoming Christmas Day and the birth of Jesus with the holy mass and the noche Buena. After the mass, there will be a lots of fire works outside the church. Then, the family will go home and celebrate their own christmas eve. It is a tradition to eat with the whole family the prepared food. Children are also excited because its the time to also open the presents.