Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Philippine Parol Christmas Lantern - #Christmas

In the Philippines, when we were children, we used to make the Parol, or the star-shaped Christmas lantern, a traditional Filipino Christmas decoration. We used bamboo sticks and tissue-thin colored paper that we called Japanese paper.

Before Christmas trees, there were Christmas Star Lanterns in the Philippines.

The origin of the Parol goes back to the Manila-Acapulco galleon days when the Philippines and Mexico were linked via the trading route. The Parol is very much like the Mexican pinata. The lantern was created both to decorate and to light the way to Church for the early morning masses,  the Misa de Aguinaldo from December 16 until the Misa de Gallo on Christmas Eve.

The Star-shape comes from the Nativity Story of the Star that shone above Bethlehem, leading the shepherds and the Three Wise Men to the Baby Jesus.

Now, Filipinos continue to have Parols, some simple, some more elaborate like the electrified ones made of capiz shells.

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Tags: Christmas, Parol, lantern, Philippines, Filipino, Christmas Star
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