- As early as September, the Christmas spirit can already be felt in the Philippines
- Starting from our food, streets, and even down to the weather, there are signs that will make you feel the holidays are approaching
- Christmas season is the most celebrated event for Filipinos
It must be because of the dominant religion in the country or due to traditions, but Christmas is undoubtedly the most celebrated event in the Philippines.
Once the months ending in ‘ber’ kick in, the spirit of the holidays can be easily felt – whether you’re in a public place or in the comfort of your homes.
This may seem normal to us but if you’ve encountered someone from a different country, they will surely find it fascinating that we spend the longest Christmas season in the world.
Can you already hear the bells ringing? Check out things in our list which will make you say, “It’s officially Christmas in the Philippines.”
1. The television networks won’t even let you forget about it
A countdown 24 hours before the actual event is totally normal. A week before is also ordinary, but news programs in the country do it at least 100 days before Christmas. No matter how depressing the headlines are, they will still find a time to remind the viewers of the number of days left before the 25th.
2. The change in playlists is evident
The Christmas playlist of a Filipino household isn’t complete if there’s no song by Jose Mari Chan. The singer doesn’t even have the need to promote his album since you can practically hear his songs everywhere. His soothing voice just became the national anthem of the country during the holidays.
3. The streets lights up brighter this time of the year
If Christmas trees are put up inside the living room, then lanterns are easily placed in the most visible part of the household. It doesn’t even matter how many colors your lantern has. What’s important is that you can help spread the Christmas spirit in the neighborhood.
4. It’s the season of mall sales
Aside from the displays of Christmas trees and lights, shopping malls have another way of hinting on the impending holidays. Through weekly sales, they’ve managed to attract customers who are already shopping for gifts as early as now.
5. It’s never too early for puto bumbong and bibingka
These two types of sticky rice are usually sold after the Simbang Gabi which starts in December. But due to the demands of Filipinos who are craving for these as early as September, they have to cave in and sell it.
6. Good luck visiting the streets of Divisoria
Since Filipinos believe that the true spirit of Christmas is in giving, it’s only reasonable to exchange gifts. That’s why it’s already practical to visit places like Divisoria to buy presents for your loved ones. Just make sure that you’re going on a weekday to avoid the increasing crowd every passing week.
7. The road to looking good for the holidays have officially begun
It’s impossible not to get excited about the numerous Christmas parties, family dinners, and other desserts you can’t resist during the holidays. But for now, it’s time to shape up. You still want to look good in the photos after all.
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The Christmas season in the country lasts until the ‘The Feast of the Kings’ during the first Sunday of the year. Our customs in celebrating the holidays were also influenced by Western countries like the United States.