Celebration

Caroling in the Philippines

Here in the Philippines, one of the Christmas traditions is to do caroling. It starts once the dawn mass begins known as “Misa de Gallo” or “Simbang Gabi.” Carolers mostly children will be on their feet singing Christmas carols from house to house spreading the spirit of the season through songs. They are using handmade instrument using tanzans, empty can, spoon and other materials that can make sound.  Popular songs in caroling are Jingle Bells,  Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, Pasko na Naman and other tagalog Christmas songs. In return carolers receive money from the homeowner. But, not all the houses are kind enough to give money because some are saying “tawad” or it’s like saying forgiveness because the homeowner will not give money to the caroler. Caroling happens only in December so I think we should give money to the carolers because kids are happy even you give them little amount.

Have you experienced caroling when you were a child? I did this in my elementary days together with my cousins and friends. We were happy with the money we got for 9 days of doing caroling and divided equally.

Well, its been raining since the caroling started last Dec 16, I hope kids will drop by in the house and serenade us with Christmas songs. I hope weather will be good because its been raining since day 1 of December plus typhoon.  We hope for a better weather in the coming days because Christmas already in 7 days.

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