Religion plays a very important part in a person’s life. Filipinos in particular are known for being religious.
One of the most vital things that we Filipinos value is the traditional Simbang Gabi.
Simbang Gabi is a devotional nine-day series of masses practised by Roman Catholics in the Philippines in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in anticipation of Christmas. Simbang Gabi, which translates to Night Mass, is held from December 16 to December 24 and is usually done as early as 4 or 5 o' clock in the morning. On the last day of the Simbang Gabi, which is Christmas Eve, it is called Misa de Gallo, which literally translates to "Rooster's Mass".
Aside from honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, another reason why Filipinos patronize Simbang Gabi is because of their devout belief that once you are able to complete the nine day series of masses, their prayers and wishes will be granted.
The Simbang Gabi is something that Filipinos always look forward to every year.
During this time, pews in the churches are filled with people and angelic voices are heard singing and glorifying God’s name and Jesus’ coming birth.
It is indeed a happy time for every Filipino. The streets suddenly become covered with vendors selling a variety of food and stuffs to church- goers.
This has been a long time tradition that we Filipinos have been practicing, and whether or not prayers are granted through this, Filipinos still continue to believe in it devoutly.
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