Most people in the Philippines are always looking forward to celebrating Christmas with family and friends. Despite the calamities experienced by Filipinos nowadays, Christmas is always in the horizon – giving hope to the hopeless and time to share anything to those who have nothing. This is why you can always put a smile on a Filipino’s face just by suggesting thoughts for Christmas. Here’s a detailed description of the Philippine Christmas tradition:
People in the Philippines like to celebrate Christmas for as long as possible! The playing of Christmas carols in shops can start in September! The formal Christmas celebrations start on 16th December when many people go the the first of nine pre-dawn or early morning masses. The last mass is on Christmas day. http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/philippines.shtml
This might be a once a year affair – but many are extending the festivities all throughout the season for the 3 Kings as mandated by the Catholic church. No matter how you celebrate Christmas, just keep in touch with your loved ones if they are away from home. After all, family is still the most important thing in life – with or without the financial sustainability!
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