6 Facts You Should Know About Christmas in the Philippines

The Philippines likely has one of the foremost unique Christmas celebrations in the world. Include the truth that Filipinos have been celebrating it for hundreds of a long time, and we have a history of Christmas brimming with shining stories. Here is the list of 6 Facts You Should Know About Christmas in the Philippines.

  1. Leaving Empty Stocking

Whereas we may be recognizable with the Western convention of clearing out purge socks or leggings for Santa Claus to fill up with treats, little known is the reality that we Filipinos moreover have our claim on the convention. 

The convention is set amid the Devourer of the Three Lords, a holdover from the Spanish period, when Filipino children would put out their most current or best-polished shoe exterior of the entryway or window so the passing three rulers might fill it up with treats. Children sometimes would, too, put out grass and water as their advertising to the kings’ camels. Tragically, the convention is practiced in a couple of parts of the nation nowadays.

  1. Origin of Parol

Parol enhances homes and buildings. The parol is one of the most famous images of the Filipino-style Christmas season. It’s astounding that early Filipinos based the parol on the Mexican piñata.

  1. Simbang Gabi

It’s challenging to suppose Filipinos celebrate Christmas without the time-honored convention of the Simbang Gabi (too known as the Misa de Aguinaldo). In any case, colonial Filipinos did miss nine long Simbang Gabi administrations from 1680 to 1689 due to the Vatican declaration executed by Manila Diocese supervisor Felipe Pardo.

The decree issuance— executed in Spain, the Azores, and Mexico—stemmed from the churchgoer’s and choirs’ propensity to sing Christmas melodies in their local tongue. At the time, singing within the vernacular was permitted amid the entrance and recessional tunes. The proclaim considered this unreasonable and requested the concealment of the services. After Pardo’s passing, be that as it may, the clergy members—with the particular eminent case of the Discalced Franciscans.

  1. Caroling

These days, we frequently listen to individuals singing Christmas in English, Tagalog, or a few other local dialects. In any case, there was a time when singing such tunes was tiring for Spanish. During the period of colonial Philippines, Spanish carols (“villancinco”) were at first as it was done amid Mass but before long found their way into the lanes due to their ubiquity. To the clergy’s hate, a few of the more-naughty carollers would embed less-than devout lines and green jokes within the lyrics. Villancinco went out of fashion when the Spanish run of the show finished, clearing the way for carols in tired English and the vernacular.

  1. Filipino Christmas Cards

With the entry of the Americans came the Americanization of the Filipino way of celebrating Christmas, counting the custom of giving welcoming cards. As a rule, these cards contained drawings of Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and snow—themes reminiscent of an American-style Christmas. However, Manuel Rodriguez Sr.—widely respected as the Father of Modern Printmaking within the Philippines—produced what can be portrayed as the primary Filipino-themed Christmas cards in the 1950s when he carefully printed a set containing pictures of the Simbang Gabi, Filipino churchgoers, and carolers, etc.

  1. Japan’s Propaganda

Well aware of the Filipinos’ adoration for Christmas, the Japanese endeavored to utilize the occasion season as publicity against the Americans amid World War II. Specifically, they made an arrangement of Christmas cards lifting themselves whereas demonizing the Americans. The cards, too, called on the Filipinos to coordinate with the Japanese since they were both Asians which the last mentioned was battling for the former’s freedom. The cards were ordinarily filled with Christmas welcome and scriptural cites and topped off with purposeful publicity pictures and messages.