Church & Society

Christmas in the Philippines December 21, 2018

Christmas in the Philippines is one long, colorful holiday that starts as early as September and lasts until either the Feast of the Epiphany or the Feast of the Black Nazarene of Manila on Jan. 9.

The predominantly Catholic country of more than a hundred million people celebrates the world's longest Christmas season.

The official observance by the Catholic Church in the Philippines, however, starts with traditional early morning Mass on Dec. 16 until the Feast of the Epiphany on the first Sunday of the year.

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