September 1, 2011 – The Ber Months begins now. Filipinos all around the world are very excited about the very long Christmas Season here in the Philippines. From Print and TV ads, from the hosts of different TV shows, all of them are announcing that the Ber months has begun.
Even yesterday, I’ve watched different show in ABS-CBN, Ber months is a hot issue. This is the season where Filipinos prepare gifts for their children, the Ninong and Ninang starts to make a list of their “inaanak”, and every people is now thinking of having Christmas decorations in their houses.
After 3-5 days, you will see at night on the streets, delightful Parols. You will also hear different Christmas songs played on radio and even on TV. Despite all the problems we have now in our lives, we still have the time to prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus.
We learned how make things possible just to celebrate the Christmas Season with our whole family. We learned how to forgive for anyone who did bad things to us. And I think that’s the true meaning of Christmas. It’s about love, hope and forgiveness.
Lets start the Countdown! 116 Days Before Christmas!
The Filipinos still have a reason to smile as the “BER” months will begin on September 1st. That means, we now have to mark and begin to the countdown of the much awaited traditional Christmas.
We start to feel cool mornings, radio stations start playing Christmas carols. The Philippines have the longest Christmas season in the whole world.
Many Filipinos to start preparing their list of holiday shopping and gifts, even 155 days before Christmas.Although many people wait until the last minute to purchase, usually after the release of 13 months of salary and bonus in December.
Shopping malls are busy and full of buyers with the atmosphere more lively and happy, until finally, the shops are decorated with beautiful Christmas ornaments.
Although typhoons are expected to arrive in the country by the end of the year, “BER” (September, October, November and December) months of this year will be exceptionally busy with different preparations on the upcoming Christmas Season.
The “BER” is also the period during which the police to intensify its campaign against crimes that often go until the start of the holidays. The authorities have repeatedly called for the public and shop owners to be vigilant during the season.
Philippines’ Christmas officially begins on December 16, with the “Misa de Gallo” or Midnight Mass, a religious activity that lasts nine days.
On Christmas Day, Filipinos wake up early at 4:30 in the morning to hear Mass and devotion to Christ the newborn. This tradition has given the Philippines the distinction of having the longest Christmas season in the world. The season extends beyond New Year and the Feast of the Epiphany in early January.
Despite economic difficulties, Filipinos remain hopeful of a happy Christmas celebration this year.
The Filipinos have learned to be frugal in difficult times. He added that a meeting with relatives and friends by sharing local dishes is enough to make the party memorable.
Don’t forget the true meaning of Christmas.
“God gave his only son to save us. “