Philippine Christmas History

1732 Words7 Pages
The aim of this paper is to share the information about the history of a Filipino tradition during Christmas in the Philippines which is the gift-giving or commonly known as Aguinaldo. This paper also gives the origin of gift-giving of the Christians during Christmas. The original work was made by Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro, Lourdes B. Ilusorio, and Melissa Y. Morgan, Filipinos who wrote a book entitled Pasko! The Philippine Christmas that was published on 1998. This book tells about the different Filipino customs and traditions during the Christmas season in the Philippines. According to these authors, despite of the Americanization of Christmas celebration in the Philippines – Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and English Christmas Carols…show more content…
Children must visit godmothers and godfathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents. They kiss their hands or bring their right hands to their foreheads, a tradition which is called mano. In return, they receive a small gift (World Book, 1990). Filipinos participate in what the West knows as Kris Kringles. Schoolmates, co-workers, friends and relatives organize gift exchanges. Usually this is either done by pooling gifts or by secretly giving your person a weekly gift and then finally revealing yourself after you have given the final, meaningful gift (Fortune City, 2003). For large families, mats are laid out on the floor for relatives who may decide to take naps when needed. A few kids put out stockings for Santa Claus; however, most kids know that their gifts come from their parents (World Book, 1990). Upon arrival to their homes from the Midnight Mass, they begin noche buena, where the very best is served. The most respected family members at this feast and gathering are the Lola – “the grandmother deeply respected, highly revered, always present” (World Book, 1990). Noche Buena is the family dinner immediately after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Preparation for Jesus’ birth includes extensive cleaning, stocking and replenishing one’s kitchen, replacement of old household items with new ones, purchasing or making new outfits for the occasion, purchasing fresh flowers, cooking and confessing one’s sin. To Filipinos this celebration is a…show more content…
One of this tradition is the gift-giving or Aguinaldo. For Christians, gift-giving was originated from the three Wiseman that gave gifts to the infant Jesus. Gift-giving lives in the heart of the Filipinos and it will always be practiced by them not only during Christmas but every day in their life. References Books Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro, Lourdes B. Ilusorio, Melissa Y. Morgan. PASKO! The Philippine Christmas. 1998. Tope, Lily Rose R. & Detch P. Nonan-Mercado. Cultures of the world – Philippines. New York: Benchmark Books, 2002. World Book. Christmas in the Philippines. Chicago, IL: World book, Inc., 1990. Websites http://asianjournal.com/aj-magazines/celebrating-a-philippine-christmas-tradition-in-the-heart-of-the-city/ http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/greece/768/pasko/pasko002.html
Open Document