If there is one country in the world that seems to enjoy the most extended Christmas ever, then that would be the Philippines. In fact, the locals usually turn the volume up as they happily hum to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You as soon as September (or the famous “-ber months” in the Philippine context) hits in. To greet your Filipino colleagues with style, we have listed here the top Tagalog Christmas greetings that can surely add sparkles to the Pinoy holiday spirit.
The Philippines is best known for its festive tradition of celebrating Christmas for four months. Yep, you read that right! It is like the last week of August is already about Christmas preparation and decoration. On the very first day of September, you can even expect households are starting to affix brightly colored parol or traditional Filipino star lanterns made of wood, plastic, metal, or even capiz shell. And just like magic, you can also see shopping malls erecting giant Christmas trees with ornaments fashioned from the finest native materials from across the country.
But wait! That is not all!
As the days pass by, you will also see local barangays (directly translates to “neighborhoods” in English) and parks lighting up trees and electrical posts with exceptional Christmas light ensembles and star showers flickering to the beat of various Christmas songs. And as December approaches, you will have to get yourself accustomed to the almost-weekly fireworks display from Manila's high traffic areas. These fireworks usually signify the Catholic tradition of finishing the nine-day devotional masses called simbang gabi.
While we know that the country has amazing local dishes, Christmas food is on a whole new level! By tradition, Filipinos wake up at exactly 12 to welcome Christmas day by feasting with the family…and when we say feast, we actually mean having a whole table filled with mouth-watering food prepared by the family members themselves.
If ever you get invited for a Noche Buena, you can expect the following dishes:
|Queso de bola||A giant spherical shaped cheese that is not often consumed immediately|
|Christmas ham||Smoky sweet pork loin which is usually the centerpiece of a family table|
|Pancit Malabon||A flavourful noodle dish with an array of meat and seafood toppings|
|Lechon||Roasted suckling pig with savory stuffing|
|Filipino-style fried chicken||Fried chicken marinated in lemon and special Filipino spices|
|Menudo||Filipino pork stew dish with pork, pork liver, potatoes, tomato sauce, and hotdogs|
|Paella||Filipino style rice dish filled with meat, seafood, and vegetables|
|Lumpiang Shanghai||Special spring rolls with stuffing made of ground pork|
|Barbecue||Charcoal-grilled savory pork bites in bamboo skewers|
|Embutido||Pinoy style meatloaf made with ground pork, hard-boiled eggs, sausages, and ham|
|Sapin-sapin||The layered glutinous cake is usually colored yellow, pink, and purple.|
|Bibingka||Glutinous rice cake cooked on a traditional clay pot|
|Biko||A traditional Filipino sugar rice cake that is usually colored-brown|
Did that make you hungry? While the Philippines may not have snow angel traditions or snow, in particular, that doesn’t mean that they do not know how to celebrate Christmas like a pro—and speaking of becoming like a pro, what better way to show your friends some love than by greeting them in a language that is very close to their hearts? In the next part of this post, we will share with you the easiest ways on how to greet in the Filipino language.
Top 5 Easy Tagalog Christmas Greetings
Contrary to common belief, there is so much more to learn about the Tagalog language aside from saying mahal kita or magandang umaga. To make the season a special one, be sure to memorize some of these easy greetings that you can simply bring out as you chat, speak, or personally converse with a Filipino.
|Maligayang pasko at manigong bagong taon||Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year|
|Ngayong pasko, sana ay mapuno ka ng kapayapaan at pagpapala||This Christmas, may you be filled with peace and blessings|
|Ngayong Pasko, mapuno sana ang iyong tahanan ng pagmamahal at kasiyahan||This Christmas, may your home be filled with love and joy|
|Meri Krismas / Merry Xmas||An informal form of the traditional maligayang pasko|
|Maging maligaya sana ang iyong pasko||May your Christmas be merry|
Now that you know the basics, it is time to try it out and sent it to your Filipino friend. If you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it on social media to help spread the word on how to properly greet in Tagalog this Yuletide season.
Make the most out of your spare time by reviewing the basic expressions, vocabs, grammatical structures, and even speaking patterns in the Tagalog language with the help of a dedicated language platform like the Ling App. Unlike other languages, Tagalog is fairly easy to memorize even if it holds a unique set of words influenced by different cultures from all over the world. The language itself is charming in the sense that it holds an ever-growing set of words and phrases which are heavily shaped by the trends and history from all over the world.
Interested to learn more Tagalog language vocabulary words like how to express the basics to the most complex ideas? For extra reinforcement in the Tagalog language, be sure to check out the Ling App. This handy-dandy training buddy features fun mini-games and quizzes that can motivate you to practice and explore more about your target language day by day.
Explore the Philippines with style by using the most native Tagalog expressions from the Ling app today!