4 Months of Christmas in the Philippines

4 Months of Christmas in the Philippines
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Did you know that in the Philippines, the Christmas spirit ignites as early as September? Each year, starting on the 1st of September, the entire nation comes alive with festive decorations adorning homes, streets, and businesses. It's a time when the air resonates with the melodious tunes of Christmas carols in malls, restaurants, and on the radio waves.

But the celebration doesn't stop at December 25th; it extends deep into January. So, why does the Philippines celebrate Christmas so early, and what's the cultural significance behind it?

First and foremost, Christmas holds a special place in the hearts of Filipinos. It's not just a season of gift-giving and merry gatherings; it's deeply rooted in the country's culture and traditions. Beyond the religious significance, it's a time for families to reunite and bond, and businesses also recognize it as a golden opportunity to boost their revenues.

The Philippines kickstarts its festive season with what they call the "BER months," which cleverly includes September, October, November, and December. These months witness a surge in Christmas promotions, airline holiday offers, invitations from friends and family to dine together, and a sudden transformation of department stores into winter wonderlands, complete with Christmas trees, ornaments, and twinkling lights.

The predominant Catholic influence in the Philippines plays a significant role in this early Christmas celebration. With a majority of the population being devout Catholics, the country embraces Christmas as a time of reflection, gratitude, and unity. This religious backdrop makes it natural for businesses to commence their Christmas campaigns early, as they know it resonates deeply with the populace.

Over the years, beginning Christmas preparations in September has evolved into a cherished tradition. It's a time when Filipinos shop for Christmas gifts, reconnect with family and friends, and create lasting memories. This tradition has been passed down through generations, making it an integral part of Filipino culture.

So, if you find yourself in the Philippines during September or October, don't be surprised to encounter a holiday wonderland amidst the summer-like weather. For Filipinos, Christmas isn't just a season; it's a harmonious blend of family, friends, music, dance, and indulgent feasts that unites the entire nation in the spirit of joy and togetherness. It's a truly unique and heartwarming experience that showcases the deep-rooted cultural significance of Christmas in the Philippines.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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