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Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:33 GMT

Filipino Community in UAE Receive Christmas Treat

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Mohamed Zerari

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 14:42 GMT

In the Philippines, the months ending in “ber” (it is the duration from September to December in the Filipino Christian faith) signal the start of the Christmas season, and being far from home is not a hindrance to celebration for Filipinos based in the United Arab Emirates.

As early as September, Filipinos worldwide can be found flocking to malls to buy Christmas knick-knacks such as trees, balls, garlands and Santa hats.

It is a tradition among many Filipinos that on Christmas Eve families and friends gather for a midnight mass or the Misa de Gallo (Spanish for “rooster’s mass) and then right after the mass, the most-awaited Noche Buena feast concludes the ceremony.