“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

For Filipinos, traditions with family are very important. We never miss to celebrate special occasions like birthdays, graduations, someone leaving for overseas, someone getting a new pet, kids getting an award in school, someone getting a promotion, death anniversary, christening, Easter, Christmas or anything really. Anything calls for a celebration. And of course, as Filipinos, every gathering wouldn’t be complete without sumptuous food and lots and lots of them.

Featured photo shows BUDOL fight which is a traditional way of serving and celebrating with food in the Philippines. People sit all around the food laid on top of banana leaves and eat with their hands.

Talking about Christmas, the Philippines is probably the country that celebrates the season the longest in the entire world. It is said that when the “ber” months start then it is time to start taking out those Christmas decorations. Christmas goes from September, October, November and December, and ends on January 6 because that is the Feast of the Three Kings. (observed widely among the Filipino Catholic community).

Photo credits to metro.style

Please click image to enlarge Christmas festivities:


  1. Wind Kisses says:

    Exactly what I live about your culture. You do life right. Honoring milestone events like no other.

    I didn’t know about the “bet” months. Hahaha. Love it.

    Hmm… how I wish there was some lumpia my kitchen and pansit (sp) along side. I once had a friend who gifted me a plate of lumpia at Christmas.

    Great culture, fun post. Donna

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes… celebrations should always have pansit for “long life” and of course lumpia goes well with that haha Thanks for your beautiful comment. ❤️❤️❤️

      1. Wind Kisses says:

        You are welcome. thank you for continuing to share your uplifting culture.

        1. Teresa says:

          Always a pleasure to share!

  2. nesfelicio says:

    Love budol fights!
    Christmas is near. We’re feeling the December “chilly” weather.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yay…Great memories! I have only celebrated Christmas in the Philippines once after I moved to Melbourne. I so miss it.

  3. maristravels says:

    Those food images had me positively drooling. I love the sight of overladen tables but faced with food have a very small appetite so I invariably disappoint my hosts when invited to somewhere like this. I do my best though! Celebrations are important ways to keep our friendships and familiar relationships close, don’t let them ever slip away.

    1. Teresa says:

      That is so true. But being with relations with little food or a lot is still as precious.

  4. VJ Knutson says:

    Wow! These images invite celebration.

    1. Teresa says:

      Come and join us, VJ.

      1. VJ Knutson says:

        Can’t remember the last time I’ve attended such a gala, so I’ll be right over.

  5. Toonsarah says:

    That food looks delicious! I struggle however with the idea of Christmas starting in September! For me October and even November are too early, I prefer to wait until December to get into the Christmas spirit 😀 🎄

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes I start in December here in Melbourne but in the Philippines…it’s never too early!

  6. Amy says:

    I didn’t know Philippines celebrates the season this long. It probably is the longest in the entire world. Delicious food, way to celebrate!

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes Amy, that is why the tag line in my home country is “it’s more fun in the Philippines”. Although how many downfall and catastrophic things happen, people are always just joyful.

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Good heavens Teresa – four MONTHS of Christmas?! I think I’d go a bit crazy by the time it actually arrived! Still, there is much to be said for living life to its fullest and celebrating small as well as big things. And what could be bad about delicious food made and shared by good friends and family?! Lucky you!!

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, not bad in celebrating with food at all…and that was how I grew up and it’s nice to remember those times. But even in Melbourne with our Filipino community we try to keep the tradition going. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with my celebration.

  8. What a wonderful spread that looks like. I was hoping that clicking on that collage would take me to the individual photos. Maybe you’re saving it for another post, and I don’t want to miss it.

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh sorry I didn’t intent to make it clickable because I thought they are just all food so no one may be interested. But the Christmas photos are clickable to see the bigger image. But those are not my own pjotos, tho! Have a great day my friend!

      1. There are people who love the sight of food 🙂

        1. Teresa says:

          Oh yes, yummy food 👍🏼

  9. lolaWi says:

    naku ang sarap!!!!

    1. Teresa says:

      Tama ka 👍🏼

  10. JohnRH says:

    Wow. THAT is a feast! Love all the lights too. Colorful!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks John for taking to time to look at my post!

  11. arlene says:

    Nice spread Techie. I miss going home to the province during the Christmas season.

    1. Teresa says:

      I miss the food too…every time!

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