Maligayang Pasko! Holidays in the Philippines
Now, wherever we go, we can feel Vancouver blossom with the holiday spirit.
Fancy enchanted lights to jolly Christmas songs in almost every store we walk into, and with the beautiful blanket of snow as a bonus (…well some of us Vancouverites might think otherwise) it’s no wonder that many people all over the world wait for the holidays with so much anticipation.
But taking a step back from all the hustle and bustle of our own holiday season, we ask ourselves:
- Do cultures from other parts of the world experience the holidays in the same way we do?
- Do houses all over the world have beautiful light shows and evergreen trees with ornaments?
- Is it cold during the holidays in other parts of the world?
- Does everyone have a white Christmas?
The overall answer to the questions above is no.
About 10,500 Km away from Vancouver is a country called the Philippines. In this country, comprised of more than 7,000 islands, the majority of the people are Christians, so Christmas is a huge celebration in the Philippines. So huge in fact, that the celebration of Christmas starts from the “ber” months, i.e. September, October, November, and December!
From the month of September, we could already feel the holiday spirit in the Philippines!
Christmas light decorations, called Parol, hang in almost every house in the Philippines, so for the first class with the Big Kids, we made our own, starting with the frame. After gluing shiny paper, and the ribbon streamers, it was ready to hang!
Signs reading “Maligayang Pasko” (or Merry Christmas) hang in almost all public spaces, so we can feel the spirit of Christmas when most of us are just settling into the school year here in Vancouver!
But that’s not the only difference between the celebration of Christmas in Canada and the Philippines. Are you interested in learning more? Join us for Big Kids Club on Tuesdays from 1-4pm to learn more about the holiday spirit in the Philippines! Here, we will learn all about Christmas decorations, the special Christmas eve feast, called the Noche Buena, door to door carolling, and much more!