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Happy Three Kings!

A funny greeting, no?

In the Philippines, January 6 is called Araw ng Tatlong Hari (Day of the Three Kings), after the magi or wise men who visited the Christ child bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In Spanish-speaking parts of the world, the three kings are known as Los Reyes Magos de Oriente or Los Tres Reyes Magos. Also known as the Feast of Epiphany, this day marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas. However, in the United States and in English-speaking Christian countries, Epiphany is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of January, which this year was January 4.

Filipinos also recognize this day as Pasko ng Matatanda (Christmas of the Elderly), a day on which to honor senior citizens.

Maligayang Araw ng Tatlong Hari! Happy Three Kings’ Day!


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Merry Christmas in Tagalog!

MALIGAYANG PASKO! That’s ‘Merry Christmas’ in Tagalog

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Tagalog Christmas Words, Phrases and Greetings

It’s hard to find a Tagalog greeting card for Filipino friends this holiday season, so I’ve been encouraging people to simply hand-write a Christmas greeting on holiday cards and gifts for Filipino friends. I even made a page with a couple of Tagalog greetings specifically for use during the Christmas season:

If you need to say “Merry Christmas” in Tagalog, I’ve got that covered here:  ‘Merry Christmas’ in Tagalog

While personally handing over a gift to a Filipino friend, wouldn’t it be great to say a few simple Tagalog words and phrases as well? Here are some Tagalog words and phrases related to gifts.

A few important Tagalog words to know off the top of your head: ‘Christmas’ is Pasko. ‘Christmas gift’ is pamasko.  The Tagalog translation for ‘Christmas Eve’ is Bisperas ng Pasko, and the dinner feast that Filipinos celebrate on Christmas Eve is Noche Buena.

Maligayang Pasko!

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