Holiday Traditions Around The World – Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines

December 17, 2018 / Category: Special Occasions

To celebrate the holidays we are taking a look at different holiday traditions from around the world! This week we take a look at the Giant Lantern Festival in the Philippines.


Each December in the city of San Fernando, Philippines an annual festival is held called the ‘Giant Lantern Festival’.

Filipinos place much significance on the symbolism of light, the star regarded as a fount of light and a sign of hope in the predominantly Christian country in Asia. Such a creation however, did not come without the untiring efforts of the Fernandinos, and more so, their ingenuity and innovation. And it is because of the Parul Sampernandu that San Fernando has earned for itself the title of  “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”

The festival attracts people from all over the world. Originally the lanterns were small and made of simple materials. Today, the lanterns are around 6 meters high and are illuminated by electric bulbs.


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