Simbang Gabi: Filipino Christmas Tradition

Catholic Filipinos begin a novena (a series of nine masses) on December 16th. The masses are part of the Christmas tradition of Simbang Gabi, a Tagalog phrase that literally means “Night Worship.”

Filipinos go to church before dawn and afterward have breakfast with family or friends. A traditional drink during this season is a warm ginger tea called salabat and a traditional treat is a flat but thick yellow rice cake called bibingka.

The Tagalog word for “Christmas” is Pasko. Want to learn more about Filipino Christmas traditions?

TagalogLang.com/christmas

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