On Filipino Traditions : Simbang Gabi

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hey did you go to church already? I wasn't able to so I just went on writing this! ^_^

It's the time of the year where Filipinos wake up EARLY morning to attend a not so traditional mass called "Simbang Gabi". It has been practiced by Roman Catholics (which would probably be around 85% of the population of the Philippines I guess (O_o)" ) to go to church at this hour (around 3 to 5 AM) to celebrate mass until Christmas eve.

This Christmas is a little better for me, so I really have a lot to thank for. I'm not gonna be able to go to church but its okay. I don't have friends to go there with and I have tons of things to do at work. I work in mah graveyard shift so its impossible for me to go out... you know how that works right?

There are a couple of reasons why we celebrate Simbang Gabi...
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Reason #1: FRIENDS

No I ain't talkin about the show dimwit!

This early morning, they will be the ones to motivate you to go to church... aside from being holy, its only this week in a year of work that you'll get to see your neighborhood friends. Yeah I know, its either this or what I've been doing a few years ago... I was babe hunting LOLZ... coz the prettiest women also go out for this. You can't fool me you didn't do that when you were in my age heheh ^_^

Reason #2: FOOD

*Mouth waters ummmmph!*

This is also the only time of the year where it is legal to eat putobumbong and bibingka... the two most notorious rice cakes in the land! I personally like bibingka more with lotsa cheese and salted egg. Just mentioning those ingredients btw is making my mouth water... =P~ Putobumbong comes in a close second since I like the salty, sweet taste of em ground up rice with UBE... which is a root crop that makes everything violet... its violet but it makes your tongue and sweet tooth spin when you taste it. Its a fabulous ice cream flavor too. Some versions only use food coloring since its hard to prepare em. I even went to some churches before that give these treats away for free. Even free coffee and ginger tea also known as "salabat" is served for everyone. The hot scrumptious taste of community coffee will really make you pour em hotness on the cold weather. Who needs comfort food that you have to buy when you can just get it for free hahaha... I guess they are just doing their part on making people happy so they won't think of suicide at this time of the year huh? So the people called SMX or members of the samahan ng malalamig ang christmas (Christmas Loners Association lolz) won't think too much about it. People are just in a real good mood to give at these times where everything has a price. ^_^
Yum yum!

I just love this time of the year... coz it's an excuse to skip all of them diets and gym time. Why would anyone be not forgiving at this time right? ^_^ We are in the third world country, but we are a developing country... and guess what? we still rank as one of the most HAPPIEST people in the world... we laugh about problems... we don't mind them at all... we suffer the consequences but who cares hahaha.... at least we're happy right?

In behalf of my family to you... Merry Christmas!

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Lollii-Pii said...

sarap ng kakanin..yum yum..

♥. xiao-xiao
of www.pinx-hollix.blogspot.com

Lollii-Pii said...

sarap ng kakanin..yum yum..

♥. xiao-xiao
of www.pinx-hollix.blogspot.com