The Filipino Christmas Lantern

As early as November, Filipinos houses, offices, schools, shopping malls and even streets are adorned with these star-shaped multicolored lanterns. Parol is a traditional Filipino Christmas decoration, a five point star-shaped Christmas lantern. Many Filipinos make their own lanterns.   The parol (pah-role), or star lantern, is the symbol of Christmas in the Philippines, Parol reminds the Filipino Christians of the star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Wise Men on their way in search of Baby Jesus.   It emits warmth unparalleled among holiday adornments and is unique to the Philippines. Originally made of thin bamboo frames and covered with colored cellophane or with rice paper also known as Japanese paper or papel de Japon. It has two tails that serve as the rays of the star. Today, the parol become more colorful because of the twinkling bulbs in dazzling pattern that help illuminates each parol. Parol represents the Filipino innovation, creativity and it is the greatest expression Christmas spirit. Parol making is a traditional folk craft. School children are taught how to make parol and they usually have a Christmas Lantern parade to showcase their work.

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