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Chinese New Year Food in the Philippines

For their celebration of the New Year, the Japanese have their rice cake mochi (餅) and the Koreans have their rice cake teok (떡).

Do you know the Philippine equivalent of the Chinese New Year rice cake nian gao (年糕)?  It’s called tikoy!

How about the most popular fruits to serve and give away during the Lunar New Year season? Remember, the Philippines is a tropical country…

Top 10 Chinese Filipino foods during Lunar New Year celebrations in the Philippines

Happy Chinese New Year of the Earth Ox!

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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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Rizal Day (December 30) a Filipino Holiday

Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Rizal is Tagalog for Rizal’s Day of Heroism. It is observed in commemoration of the death of Filipino national hero Jose Rizal on December 30, 1896. He was executed by the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines for inciting rebellion. A firing squad was responsible for his death.

Rizal Day is a public holiday in the Philippines on December 30, 2008 (Tuesday). For the second year in a row, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the commemoration in San Fernando City, La Union. It is the 112th Rizal Day celebration, and the ceremonies will televised live over the Philippine government’s TV stations.

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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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