Christmas and New Year The Filipino Way

Hello There!

I hope you all had a great Holidays!

How was your Holidays? I hope you had time to reconnect with your friends and your family to celebrate the season.

I’d like to take a moment and share how  Filipinos Celebrate Christmas Season and New Year too.

  • In the Philippines, we start putting up Christmas Decorations and playing Christmas songs as early as September ( Yes! as soon as “- ber” months start, it’s a start of Christmas here)
  • For Catholics, dawn mass or Simbang Gabi is a big thing. It starts on Dec 16 to Dec 24. People go to mass at 4 in the morning.
  • Puto Bumbong and Bibingka ( Filipino Delicacies) are selling like hotcakes specially every after church.
  • By start of December, carolers start their house-to-house visit, singing Christmas carols in exchange of any amount as “Pamasko” ( present).
  •  Sale at malls and Bazaars are in, specially when people are receiving 13th month pay ( mandatory per PH Labor Law)
  • Christmas parties are everywhere
  • Family Reunions are well-celebrated
  •  Gift wrapping/ gift giving season
  • Inaanak ( God Children) go to their Ninong and Ninang ( God-Parents) for “Pamasko”.
  • Festivities from Christmas Eve never stop until New Year.
  • Christmas decorations are restored after Epiphany. ( Three Kings)
  • On New Years eve, we collect 12-13 round fruits for goodluck.
  • We also wear clothes with polka-dot designs for same reason ( they say round is luck)
  • And some jump when midnight strike in belief that they would grow taller ( I know dont roll your eyes, lol)
  • Torotot ( Hornpipe) is an alternate to fire crackers ( to make noise on NYE )
  • Food . Food. Food are everywhere!
  • I know there are still a lot.. but these are on top of my mind.

As for me, I had a great time with my Siblings. Parents are out of town this Christmas season, so it was just me and my siblings. It was even made special because of our little bundle of Joy. My 2 year-old niece who was obviously the center of attention and expectedly the one to receive the most presents. ( Oh I miss being a kid!)

How did you celebrate? Let me know how others celebrate? comment your country and your ways to celebrate.


I’m sharing with you our Christmas and New Year’s feast! (sorry to my non-meat eating readers, this post is not intended to offend,just sharing what we prepared. Much respect to y’all)

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Christmas Feast
Christmas Feast
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New Year’s setting


And Oh! Happy New year and here’s wishing you a great 2018.







8 thoughts on “Christmas and New Year The Filipino Way

  1. I have a Philippine friend and every festivity she post these images of beautiful food so abundant but not in an ostensive or wasting way.It is just the image and symbol of celebration and happiness of being together.i love it.

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    1. hi Ortensia, thanx for reading and for your comment. Where you from and how you celebrate NY?
      Yeah, no no to wasting food. Prepare only what everybody can consume.. Extra food could also be given to street children.

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      1. That is very sensible.I have been raised with a strict police about wasting food and I carry it on in my own household too.big party for NY seemed to be passed here a bit everywhere,meeting up with friends at home is the most popular of street party in the main square of the cities.

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  2. Wonderful collection of celbration … lots is always happening. Leaving home or not having kids about would be challenging … love pics of all the food … Cheers.

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