The story of the Filipino Christmas parol and how to make one

Many parols incorporate bright hues and Christmas colors.

This article from The Washington Post not only gives the history of the Filipino tradition – but also some ‘how-to’ so you can make your own. Enjoy.

Under the rule and religious influence of Spain, star-shaped lanterns on bamboo poles lit the way to early morning mass. “There’s so many layers to the symbolism of parol, and it means something different for everyone,” said Redondiez.

The tradition is so important in Filipino American communities that they have created parol festivals in the United States, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where they also pass on the art of parol-making through workshops.

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