A parol is a Filipino ornamental lantern displayed during the Christmas season. It’s a traditionally constructed using bamboo and Japanese paper, and are illuminated with candles, oil lamps, or carbide lamps.

The real origin of the Filipino “Parol” can be linked to the Mexican “luminaria” or clay-pot lantern placed outside the window during the El Posada, when villagers re-enact Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem in search of a room to deliver the baby Jesus. 

The parol symbolizes that their home is open and ready to receive Jesus Christ (as we know the 9-day novena masses represents the 9 months Christ was in Mary’s womb), also, it symbolizes that they are awake and ready to join the procession towards the church.

Many communities, such as villages, schools, and groups hold competitions to see who can make the best paról. In the province of Pampanga, an annual Giant Lantern Festival is held, which attracts various craftsmen from across the archipelago

All kinds of paróls will make your holidays merrier and bright. Filipinos’ Christmas lantern, a tradition, an art and an emblematic symbol of Christmas.

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