Christmas in Philippines
At the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we are starting the countdown to celebrate our Asian Christmas. That´s why we want to take you to the Philippines. Let´s find out why!
We could almost guarantee that Philippines is the country where we could find the most amazing Christmas spirit. The country celebrates the world’s longest Christmas season. Celebrations start in September and last until the end of January. In September, shopping malls, parks and different public areas over the country start to hang Christmas ornaments.
The Philippines, one of the most populated countries in Asia, it is practically a Christian nation in its entirety. About 90% of Filipinos are Christian. That´s why Filipinos go to Mass, faith is an essential part of Christmas celebrations.
A traditional Filipino Christmas event is Simbang Gabi, a series of Christian masses that last for nine nights and finalize on Christmas´ Eve. Filipinos believe that if you make a wish after attending the nine masses, it will become true.
Another Filipino Christmas tradition are family meals, where Filipinos get together to enjoy the dishes specially cooked for these dates. People prepare many delicious dishes such as puto bumbong, this is purple rice mixed with butter, sugar and Emmental cheese cooked in bamboo tubes.