12 Days of Christmas Challenge: Day 8


I have been nominated to do this challenge by Laura @ LaLa’s Blog. Thank you very much! (smiles)

So, here are the rules:

  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively
  • Nominate 3(ish) people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!(most important rule of them all)

day 8

Here in the Philippines, we Catholics, have what we call “Simbang Gabi (Nighttime Mass)” or “Misa de Gallo” which starts at December 16 and ends at December 24. It is a series of novena masses that lasts for nine nights or early mornings in preparation for Christmas day, December 25.

There are certain practices that are believed to grant wishes if done during these masses. (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, fellow Filipinos) One example is, the offering of eggs in each mass everyday. It is believed to give you a fruitful love life in the future. Another is, the completion of all nine novena masses. It is said to give you a very prosperous New Year.

We also have Noche Buena or Christmas Feast which is the traditional family dinner wherein Filipino families eat at the brink of midnight, December 25. In this celebration, we often have Lechon or whole roasted pig and other foods like smoked ham and queso de bola (Edam Cheese) served.

There are much more traditions that are practiced during New Year here like, having seven round fruits at the table, wearing polka dotted clothes and so much more.

Anyways, I won’t be tagging anyone for this post/tag. Feel free to tag yourself.

See you again tomorrow for Day 9!




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