Filipino’s however started doing their decorations when ‘ber’ from the name of the month starts, so September, October etc..
YEAH! that early, we Filipinos love christmas. “Christmas in the Philippines, one of two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia, is one of the biggest holidays on the calendar. The country has earned the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season, with Christmas carols are heard as early as September and the season lasting up until Epiphany.”
** YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE PAROL MAKING WORKSHOP! **
We are also encouraging people to go GREEN this christmas, we all know about global warming. To help the earth we will show you how to make Christmas decorations made by recycled things like old flyers, clean caprisan sachet, empty cereal boxes many more.
Join us and experience how to make Parol. Christmas is a time for family and friends! This is a great way of spending time with your love ones.
We have activities for everyone! You can take your parol with you and hang it on you door or somewhere in your home.
We will also provide light refreshments and sell some items that you can give as gifts!
THE ACTIVITIES ARE:
Parol Making: each individual can make their own parol (lantern) from scratch! (7 to 11 years olds must be accompanied by an adult, 12 onwards can make it by themselves)
Christmas Basket weaving: made from old flyers (12 and above, 7 year olds has to acompanied by an adult)
Caprison Angel: We all need an angel on top of our Christmas tree, we will show you how to make one out of caprison juice drink sachet. A great way of recycling the sachet and also fab for you kids to show their creativity!
Flower making: We will show you how to make flowers from crepe paper, you can add this to your basket if you made and finished one!
Paper Parol and Reindeer made by empty cereal boxes: Using coloured papers to make the parol, you make your parol as colourful as possible. This is another way of making parol and keeping traditions!
Flat Parol: This is a parol made by paper plates, glitters, coloured papers and chinese papers. This is ideal for younger children under 7 years old.
Christmas colouring: This is also an ideal activity for children under 7 years old. They can colour picture that are christmas themed and show off thier creativity!
We will also show you how to make Christmas decorations from recycled materials.
Workshop prices are:
£7 for Adults includes all workshops
£3 for children and Adults not taking part in Parol making.
Light refreshments is also included!
Tell: 078 9870 8319
GREENSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE
24 LILESTONE STREET
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
History about Parol and Philippine Christmas
In the Filipino language, a Christmas lantern is called a parol. There’s no greater symbol of the Filipino Christmas spirit than the parol. All through the Christmas season, star-shaped lanterns can be found hanging outside homes and along the streets of cities and small provincial towns, farms and fishing villages. For Filipinos, making a parol, decorating one and lighting a parol is an expression of shared faith and hope.
PAROL was originally used to light the way to church to attend the daily Misas de Aguinaldo, or Gift Masses, which begin on the 16th of December, and ends with the Misa de Gallo, or “Mass of the Rooster” at midnight of Christmas eve. The midnight mass is followed by a usually lavish meal at home, which is always anticipated by the kids. The first Misa de Aguinaldo that is held at dawn on December 16th marks the official start of the Christmas season.
Today we don’t use parol to light our way to the church because of modern technology BUT we still make parols and decorate them beautifully. This has now become the ‘Festival of lights’, Filipinos compete to make the most colourful, brightest and beautifully shaped parol.