Simbang Gabi:The cultural and religious heritage of Sambayanang Pilipino

Simbang Gabi:The cultural and religious heritage of Sambayanang Pilipino
Category: Culture

December 16 is the official start of the religious celebration of Christmas in the Philippines. It begins with a nine-day novena of Masses in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo in Spanish, meaning Roosters’ Mass. It is so called because church bells start ringing with the crowing of the roosters to awaken parishioners to go to the predawn Masses. It culminates on Christmas eve with the midnight Mass.

Read more ...