Christmas is an event, which many people around the world celebrate. It is a time to forgive, to share and to love. Philippines is one of the countries that has the biggest Christmas celebration. People all over the country usually prepare for one or two months before the event.
It is a hot Christmas here in the Philippines . It is one of the important and most expected season for Filipinos. Families and friends gather in these days to enjoy food, to exchange gift and to reminisce the past. Usually, the pleasant atmosphere reach its peak on Christmas day.
Every family has a different way of celebrating Christmas. When I arrived in Cebu at the end of November, some of my Filipino friends are excited and ecstatic about the Christmas holiday. Passionate and hospitable Filipinos, when they hear a lonely foreigner during Christmas they feel sympathy and immediately invite you to spend Christmas with his/her family, even though you have just been friends for a short while.
To understand more how Filipinos celebrate Christmas, the following is the interview with teacher Yeda. Let’s see how she was doing last Christmas?
Q1. How do you usually celebrate Christmas?
My family is very busy with their work and business; Christmas is the season of the year when we can bond, talk, and laugh together. It is a time to share, to forgive and to reminisce the past. It is the season to be jolly and gay, a time to getaway from problems and negativities in life and a time to be complete and whole.
Q2. Why do you think Christmas is important for Filipinos?
Christmas is important for Filipinos because it is a season to give, to love and to remember. It is the time of the year to know and understand yourself more. Filipinos’ lives will never be complete without celebrating Christmas. Lastly this event is the commemoration of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.
Q3. What is the biggest festival in Cebu?
The biggest festival in Cebu is Sinulog. People around the world visit Cebu during Sinulog to witness and join the grand festival of all time. Sinulog is not only about the dances, street parties or masks it is also about the commemoration of the Child Jesus. In Cebu the celebration does not end in New Year but it extends through Sinulog.