Do pre colonial Filipino celebrates Christmas?

As modern reconstructionist of Precolonial Indigenous Spirituality in the Philippines, this season becomes a problematic question if we are celebrating Christmas. As an Individual who was born and live at the Christian Era who celebrates Christmas, we are also sharing our Joy and Good Will to everyone who celebrates this Jolly Season even right now that we are all suffering the Pandemic of Coronavirus.

We do not forbid anyone to celebrate any festivities coming from other faith, but to answer that Question, let me remind everyone that during the precolonial times our ancestors do not celebrate Christmas.

First Catholic Mass by Fr. Pedro de Vallderama at Limasawa, Southern Leyte

Christmas is a Christian Festival brought by the Spaniards when they arrive in our Country. The first recorded Catholic Mass in our country took place at Limasawa, Southern Leyte on March 31, 1521 and conducted by Fr. Pedro De Vallderama which is an Augustinian Priest who accompanied Ferdinand Magellan in his expedition.

So how could we know at this present moment what do our Precolonial Ancestors celebrate during the month of December. Well let us ask our Muslim brothers as well as the Hindu-Buddhist Religion that came earlier in our country.

Though our precolonial ancestors observed the astrological time such as the Equinox and the Solstice. They observe it as a sign for planting and harvesting purpose. We recognize the coming of the Cold Breeze that starts on October and ends on February as well as the begining of warm season from March to June and rainy season from July to September.

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