Pasko 2014 – traditional Christmas in the Philippines

November 17th, 2014 is glad to inform that Philippines Postal Corporation issued Pasko 2014 special stamps depicting the traditional Filipino Christmas. The series consists of four stamps that were released on the 10th of November.

Stamp 1 features the new born Jesus with Mary and Joseph in traditional Filipino clothing.

Stamp 2 features the all-time favorite Christmas caroling.

Stamp 3 features "Pagmamano", a symbol of respect for elderly Filipinos.

Stamp 4 is an illustration of the traditional "Noche Buena" or the Christmas Eve feast of every Filipino family.

When put side by side in a block of four, the four stamps form the Filipino lantern in the middle.

The Philippines is known for having the world's longest Christmas season. The four months that end with the syllable – ber are considered Christmas months, which is why stores and households start playing Christmas carols on the first day of September! And the holiday season extends beyond December 31st.

Christmas carols are heard as early as September and last variously until either Epiphany, the Feast of the Black Nazarene on 9 January, or the Feast of the Santo Niño de Cebú on the third Sunday of January. The official observance by the Church in the Philippines is from the beginning of the Simbang Gabi on 16 December until the Feast of the Epiphany on the first Sunday of the year.