We Filipinos love to keep our traditions.
Even if we are at the far end of the Earth, Filipinos always stand out.
Take for example Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo.
The tradition of waking up at 4 am in the morning to attend Mass from December 16 to December 24.
This Parish in New Jersey, Our Lady of Victories Church, celebrates the Simbang Gabi, the way we do it here in the Philippines.
They celebrate Simbang Gabi early in the morning at 5 am.
Despite the freezing temperature averaging 5 degrees Celsius
The Church is fully packed.
Bishop Thomas Donato, the Bishop who celebrated the first day of Simbang Gabi even joked: “God could still be sleeping and you’re all awake to attend mass so early in the morning.”
What’s more (and this makes the celebration different) is instead of puto and sikwate they serve bagel, hazelnut, french vanilla, donuts, hot coffee and green tea after mass, for free.
Awesome, right? And guess what tradition is being kept too? The “bring home” of food tradition.
Whatever the reasons are why we keep our traditions, the Simbang Gabi proves that we Filipinos celebrate Christmas differently.
Spread the love and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE FILIPINOS WORLDWIDE!