Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Lantern

Parol (Christmas Lantern) is a traditional Filipino Christmas decoration, a five point star-shaped Christmas lantern. Originally made of thin bamboo frames and covered with colored cellophane or with rice paper also known as Japanese paper or papel de Japon.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 .Parol reminds the Filipino Christians of the star of Bethlehem that guided the "Three Wise Men" on their way in search of Baby Jesus.

I really miss Christmas celebration in the Philippines and seeing decors everywhere. I remember when I was in grade school, we used to make our own Parol (Christmas Lantern) and then carry it with us during the parade on Christmas Party at school. And really enjoyed doing it every time.



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