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Love The Holidays? The Philippines Celebrates 4 Months Of Christmas Mania

Counting down from September, nine days of Mass, heaps of roast pig, colorful lights and festivities all over the place — the Filipinos know how to make the season bright, and eternal.
A worker removes hair from roasted pigs for sale along a street in Manila on Dec. 24, 2016. Lechon, or roasted pig, is a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Source: Noel Celis

Sleigh bells, snowy skies and a glowing fire evoke an idyllic Christmas. But the tropics can be just as festive as any wintry holiday this time of year.

The Philippines, Asia's only Catholic-majority country, boasts the longest yuletide season in the world. September inaugurates the start of what is known as the "Ber" months (September, October, November and December) when parades, parties and concerts crowd the calendar of a season that is as visually resplendent as it is long.

Christmas parades boom through neighborhoods and villages of Manila. A wonderland of fairy lights lines the streets. Grand hotels

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