Friday, December 11, 2009

Parol - the Philippine Christmas Lantern


It's Day 11 on the Belles N Whistles Advent Calendar!

I am going to present Star of Bethlehem and my western version of the "Parol" also known as the Filipino Christmas Lantern. For those not familiar with the Parol - I found this wonderful Parol article online. Copied and pasted the first few parts of it here.

Parol is a traditional Filipino Christmas decoration, a five point star-shaped Christmas lantern.

Originally made of thin bamboo frames and covered with colored cellophane or with rice paper also known as Japanese paper or papel de Japon. It has two tails that serve as the rays of the star.

Parol reminds the Filipino Christians of the star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Wise Men on their way in search of Baby Jesus.

During Christmas season, parols are seen everywhere. As early as November, parols are hang on windows or door of every Filipino homes, offices, schools, shopping malls and even streets are adorned with these multi-colored lanterns. You will even find mini parols hanging on buses and jeepneys and cars. Today, the parol become more colorful because of the twinkling bulbs in dazzling pattern that help illuminates each parol.

For my western version of the "parol", I used K & Co. Swell Noel papers and MS Daisy edge punch and of course white Japanese papers. My favorite part of Christmas are the decorations and the Noche Buena!

The image was colored with Copic markers. I am sorry for the blurry photo, there was a breeze and the parol kept turning. :( The best shot I had was of the daytime.
Placed it on the front door... (night)


I chose a light green color for her gown, added star shaped patterns on it and added lots of sparkle (with glitter dots) using spica green and silver pens. I left the upper portion of her gown plain as I didn't want her to look like wallpaper :) For her little sister, a gown of blue with little dots on the bottom. I wanted big sister to be the focal point. Silver glitters were applied on the Star, hair ribbon, bells on waist, shoes and on her sister's blue gown. There is also a silver cord going around the pentagon shape between the lace punch and the image.

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For comments, we'd love to know what your favorite Christmas decor is or what part of the Christmas celebration is your favorite?

Winner of today's prize drawing will be posted on the sidebar on the left so please come back tomorrow to see if you've won!

Picture of parol (night) on our back door..
Thanks for stopping by and see ya tomorrow!
Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Lilian


42 comments:

  1. my favourite decor is all the candle lights + the christmas star in the window shining day and night ♥

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  2. Wow... I am speechless.. this is so fancy and wonderful. Haven´t seen anything like this before.
    It´s so much fun to come here every day and learn something new.
    XX Kathi

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  3. Ups, forgot:
    My favourite Christmasdecoration is the Schwibbogen, a wooden curved construction with traditional figures in it and lights on top.
    (have no idea how to describe it correct).

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  4. Adorable creation, thanks for the educating tradition behind this lovely feature! It has to be the Christmas Tree that family love to decorate. Thankyou for sharing your part of the world!

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  5. Oh my goodness Lils this is beautfiul!! I never seen anything like it!! Gorgeous sweetie, and your colouring just rocks!! hugs xx

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  6. Your star is amazing my favourite decoration is my fluffy star on top of my tree.
    merry christmas
    tracy x

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  7. wow, der stern sieht ja fantastisch aus, wunderschön
    lg gila

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  8. Can't say that I have a favourite decoration but I am always interested in new ideas like this lantern and I especially like things that are handmade. Love the homespun look.

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  9. my favourite christmas decoration is a pretty tree bedecked inlights and my favourite part of christmas is being with family and giving them gifts they weren't expecting and seeing their faces giving is often more fun than recieving thanks love finding out all these traditions from around the world Julye

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  10. This is beautiful!!! I've never heard of that tradition. My favorite tradition when I was a kid is that we got to open one gift on Christmas Eve. My mother would always choose one for each of us and every year it was pajamas (which I never caught on to when I was little).

    Blessings,
    Christine

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  11. That is beautiful!!!!
    My favourite decoration is the tinsel, lol. It's so nice and sparkly!

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  12. Lils, this is stunning and the most beautiful star I´ve ever seen! Your coloring is so brilliant and I love all the pattern you´ve added to the dresses.
    Thanks for sharing the story of the Parol - it´s so wonderful to learn about "foreign" traditions.

    Big hugs to you!
    Kathrin aka Kruemel

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  13. Your parol is just stunning, Lilian! As always, your coloring is so gorgeous! So beautiful with the light,too. Thanks for your story!

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  14. Your Parol is absolutely stunning. Such beautiful colouring and all that extra on her dress. My favourite decoration is the wreath I hang on my inner door with a big snowman sitting in the middle.
    Marion

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  15. Lils.... I am just stunned. I can't even get my eyeballs back into my head here.... This is absolutely BREATH TAKING!!!! Never mind all you folks entering for the Advent candy, I just want that star! LOL
    Great Big Hugs
    Lynda =)

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  16. This is really beautiful. I have never heard of this.. What a great way to use this image.. I think my favorite decoration is the tree.. We all go out as a family into the forest at a local tree farm and cut ours down. Then decorate it as a family.. This is our 21st year.. Great memories.. Thanks for sharing your creation with us Lils.

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  17. This is absolutely beautiful I have never heard of the tradition but you learn something new everyday and this is thing I won't forget in a hurry. I would imagine that is you had alot of houses decorated like this the scene would be breathtaking. My favourite Christmas tradition is the Christmas tree which I always used to love to decorate before my accident and we have an amazing china dressed fairy which was given to me on the first Christmas of my eldest child's birth (21 years ago).
    Kim xXx

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  18. That is magnificent!!!!! Nothing more to be said. My favorite part of Christmas is sharing tradition with the newer members of our family. It would be nice if they learn to carry them on.

    kym

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  19. Oh my - that is breath-taking! My favorite Chrismas decoration is our angel for the top of the tree. I found her in a store about seven years ago but she was too expensive so I crossed my fingers and made a wish and came back boxing day to pick her up on sale! She is so beautiful!

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  20. wow such a beautiful project.. you amaze me.. :))
    I like.. christmas angels :))) love them all.. :)

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  21. What a great project, my favorite decorations are the ones my children make year after year, I always put them on the tree.
    Hugs
    Tanya

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  22. WOW! That parol lantern is just beautiful!!! I can't get over your gorgeous coloring of that sweet image! My favorite decoration is the Christmas tree : ) I just love it in the evening when we turn the lights out, and turn the tree on~so peaceful and pretty!

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  23. WOW Lilian this is so pretty!!! Love how you added stuff to her dress!!! WOW it is truly gorgoeus!! Thanks too for sharing your tradition with us!!! I bet your niece loved this!!! LOL
    :)Kathy

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  24. WOW!! What a brilliant idea!! I so love it!! The soft warm glow of the image is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

    My fav Holiday decor is all the garland with lights we hang up outside...I just love looking at Christmas lights on the outside of houses...so fun!!

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  25. Lillian thank you so much for sharing your tradition...it's so much fun reading about the different holiday traditions! :) Your creation is AMAZING and so STUNNING! I am in awe over the beauty! I absolutely LOVE how you have added the decorations to big sister's dress...that's is so beautiful! Amazing work hun!

    My favorite Christmas tradition is on Dec. 23rd my immediate family gets together to celebrate our Christmas together (my parents, brother, sister, me and my hubby) it is such a wonderful time to visit and share our love for each other!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this beautiful stamp! I'm crossing my fingers that my number gets picked as I would love to win this for a present for my mom for Christmas....she just loves this image! :)

    Hugs~ Kim

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  26. Beautiful creation!! ooh that's hard to choose a fave deco or celebration... i LOVE everything Christmas... =D

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  27. Wow...this is beautiful!
    My favourite Christmas decoration is the tree...when it's decorated, that when it really starts to feel like Christmas!
    Helen x

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  28. That is gorgeous! So pretty!

    My favourite decoration is the tree. I love to look at the lights at night and I love that our tree is a mish mash of various ornaments gathered at different times and for different occasions! So much fun!

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  29. Your lantern is stunning. WOW!

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  30. WOW!!!! Lilian your creations always blow me away hun you are so mega talented, this is just STUNNING!!!.
    Hugs
    Sheila xx

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  31. Nice project! I really like the lantern, looks cute.
    Hugs
    Hazel

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  32. This is gorgeous, especially when lit! Thanks for sharing unique holiday traditions!!

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  33. Beautiful lanters!
    And another great tradition you've highlighted.

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  34. lil your creation is ingenius!!! Never heard of this before~~ so thank you:) Love this stamp image and if I don't win will someday have to buy! My favorite part of Christmas is being together as a family (DH, Me, 3 kids & spouses or friends)and then attending church service together.
    Thanks and blessings
    Mary Lou

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  35. Ohhh wowww Lilian,what a beautiful creations ,i love your image and colours.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  36. How beautiful! My favourite decor is my Christmas quilt

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  37. ooooo! I've never seen this before! How lovely! My favorite decor is just snowmen and santa's around the house ... but now here's something new to love!
    Hugs,
    Elise

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  38. That is wonderful I must try something like that its great and i love watching everyone open prensents.Hugs Sarah

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  39. Your Parol is so beautiful. I think the colorings and fine details put to the images are fantastic! Thank you for sharing a bit of your culture and the tradition of the Parol. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year, not only for my religious belief but also for the colorful bedazzlingly glitzy decorations that can be seen throughout neighborhoods, streets, and shopping centers.

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  40. This is indeed a challenge and I must give it a try...really beautiful. I just love Christmas.
    Rene from OZ xo

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  41. i love christmas eve service at church. the songs and carols, telling of the birth of Jesus, the candlelight.

    I got my prize package and OH WHAT A TREAT! Thank you so, so much!!

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