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Do-It-Yourself Parol

A “parol” is a Filipino Christmas lantern. Its name comes from the Spanish word, “farol,” which means “lantern.”

 

The Philippines is the only predominantly Roman-Catholic nation in Southeast Asia, and Catholicism has permeated virtually every aspect of Filipino life. One strong example of this is the fact that the parol’s traditional star shape is meant to evoke the Star of Bethlehem, which guided the Three Kings to the Christ-child’s manger.

 

Traditionally, it is made with bamboo and Japanese paper, and has a star design. Today however, this lovely lantern is constructed out of anything from metal, to seashells, and even old soft drink straws!

 

This Christmas, why not express your creativity and liven your household with these magical lanterns. Here are two different tutorials on how to make your own parols. Happy decorating!

 

A “parol” is a Filipino Christmas lantern. Its name comes from the Spanish word, “farol,” which means “lantern.” It is said that the parol was first created in 1928, by a Francisco Estanislao, a craftsman from San Fernando, Pampanga. Today, the city of San Fernando celebrates the parol by holding a festival called Ligligan Parul, coinciding with the Filipino nine-day Christmas tradition of Simbang Gabi –a novena mass held at the crack of dawn.

Traditionally, it is made with bamboo and Japanese paper, and has a star design. Today however, this lovely lantern is constructed out of anything from metal, to seashells, and even old soft drink straws!

- See more at: http://www.ffemagazine.com/article.php?articleID=580#sthash.IlcfP2Zh.dpuf

A “parol” is a Filipino Christmas lantern. Its name comes from the Spanish word, “farol,” which means “lantern.” It is said that the parol was first created in 1928, by a Francisco Estanislao, a craftsman from San Fernando, Pampanga. Today, the city of San Fernando celebrates the parol by holding a festival called Ligligan Parul, coinciding with the Filipino nine-day Christmas tradition of Simbang Gabi –a novena mass held at the crack of dawn.

Traditionally, it is made with bamboo and Japanese paper, and has a star design. Today however, this lovely lantern is constructed out of anything from metal, to seashells, and even old soft drink straws!

- See more at: http://www.ffemagazine.com/article.php?articleID=580#sthash.IlcfP2Zh.dpuf

A “parol” is a Filipino Christmas lantern. Its name comes from the Spanish word, “farol,” which means “lantern.” It is said that the parol was first created in 1928, by a Francisco Estanislao, a craftsman from San Fernando, Pampanga. Today, the city of San Fernando celebrates the parol by holding a festival called Ligligan Parul, coinciding with the Filipino nine-day Christmas tradition of Simbang Gabi –a novena mass held at the crack of dawn.

Traditionally, it is made with bamboo and Japanese paper, and has a star design. Today however, this lovely lantern is constructed out of anything from metal, to seashells, and even old soft drink straws!

- See more at: http://www.ffemagazine.com/article.php?articleID=580#sthash.IlcfP2Zh.dpuf

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