|Christmas Tree photos by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters|
I can remember having so much fun decorating them with my brothers and sisters growing up. Those were the days. Sweet days...
Then there's the Parol (pronounced “pah-roll” with a rolling "r"). A Christmas lantern, which is a more popular symbol of Christmas in the Philippines. It's traditionally in the shape of a star depicting the Star of Bethlehem, and normally can be seen hanging outside a window or on the streets. They can be simple or lavishly intricate in design. A traditional Parol would either have a lit candle or electric bulb placed inside it to illuminate the lantern which always is a wonderful sight to see come night time!
Simple, traditional Parol designs
|Filipino vendor selling Parols on the streets of Manila, Philippines|
To Gigantic, exquisite ones illuminated with dazzling display of thousands of colorful Christmas lights...
|Seen during Parol Festival in Pampanga, Philippines|
|Parol photos courtesy of Philippine Tourism|
Now that I'm in the US, Holidays like Christmas certainly brings back memories and traditions that will always will be a part of me wherever I go. And though I miss them once in a while...I find comfort in that Christmas is the same whichever country you're in. Just different in some ways. Just like how I now actually have a real Fir tree for a Christmas tree!
Maligayang Pasko! - as how we would say it in the Philippines.
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