The most popular symbol of Christmas in the Philippines is the parol. It represents
the blessed star of Bethlehem. For Filipinos, not having a parol for decoration
makes Christmas somewhat incomplete. The parol's size depende on where it will be
hung. A very large parol is usually used for high-rise buildings. For regular
houses, parols are smaller.
What you will need:
1. Two 32-inch
(80 cm) bamboo strips
2. A ruler
3. Five 3-inch (7.5 cm) wire strips
4. Ten 7-inch (17.5 cm) wire strips
8. A pencil
11. Colorful paper 24" x 24" (60 x 60 cm). You can use thin Japanese
papers or shiny gift wrappers as substitute.
1. Use thread to tie the
ends of each bamboo strip together, forming two circles.
2. Use the two circles and five of the 7-inch (17.5 cm) wire strips to make a frame
by twisting the ends of each wire strip around the bamboo circles as shown.
3. Fold the colorful paper
in half. Draw the shape of a five-pointed star and cut it out. You will have
4. Glue one star to each
side of the circular frame. Attach the other five 7-inch (17.5 cm) wires to the five
points where the angles of the star touch the wire frame. Attach the five 3-inch
(7.5 cm) wires to the tips of the star so the star bulges. Tie some thread to one of
these wires. Glue on pieces of paper to cover the frame. Attach tinsel to the
two bottom points of the star.
Text and images were from
the book Festivals of the World: Philippines, Gareth Stevens Publishing. Milwaukee: 1999,
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