It is said that Filipinos have their own unique way of celebrating Christmas.
As early as November, it can be observed that every Filipino home is filled with Christmas decorations. Filipino families will start putting up their Christmas tree in the living room together with other ornaments. Nonetheless, every Filipino home will never be complete without the traditional “parol”.
Basically, Parol is a Christmas decoration shaped like a star. The parol represents the star that said to be shining brightly during the birth of Jesus. Traditionally, parol is made from thin flexible bamboo. These bamboo sticks will then be tied together in order to form a star. After doing so, it will then be covered with colored paper to make it more attractive. Because of its religious implications as well as the innate religiousness of Filipinos, parol became a permanent part of Filipino Christmas celebration. Read more »