Is there anything more symbolic of a Pinoy Christmas than a parol?
After a brief research, I found out that the Christmas parol is actually distinctly Filipino. It’s pretty hard to tell if anything is “truly ours” (a.k.a. sariling atin) because of our country’s history. Our traditions are usually a mixture of others’ – mostly Spanish and American. Sure, the name comes from the Spanish word for lantern (farol), but the idea and meaning behind the star-shaped parol is all Pinoy.
The Christmas parols were originally used as a guide for people to attend Simbang Gabi. Filipinos would hold friendly competitions with their neighbors to make the best parols to hang outside their doors – they considered it their gift to Jesus for his birthday. Making a parol and lighting it is a symbol of shared faith and hope.
I remember participating in something similar back in grade school! Each class had to make the BEST parol. I don’t remember which class won, but I will never forget how much fun we had creating something with our bare hands.
This year, COCA-COLA® invites you to join the very first #SariSaringHappiness Day on November 8 by lighting your COCA-COLA® Parol and sharing it on your social media networks! There will be lighting hubs around the country, specifically in Manila, Tacloban, Pampanga, Batangas, Bacolod, and Davao! If you don’t have your own COCA-COLA® Parol yet, here’s a video on how to make one (such a cute vid!):
Don’t forget to share it and use the hashtag #SariSaringHappiness! Spread #SariSaringHappiness early this year since another Pinoy tradition is celebrating Christmas habang -BER months palang! Hehe :)