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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Traditional Noche Buena Food

Noche Buena, often translated as "Good Night", is a Spanish word referring to the night of Christmas Eve. In the Philippines, this usually comes after the entire family has attended a late evening mass. Often on the table are: lechón, pancit, fried chicken, lumpia, rice, adobo, among others for the main course; desserts include halo-halo, bibingka, rice cakes, puto bumbong, ice cream, pastries and cakes; drinks include soda, wine, beer, juice, and goat milk. The Noche Buena is very much like an open house celebration. Family, friends, relatives, and neighbors drop by to wish every family member "Maligayang Pasko" (Merry Christmas). Food is in abundance, often served in buffet style. Guests or visitors partake of the food prepared by the host family (even though they are already full or bloated!). Though not all family can afford to prepare for a big traditional Noche Buena because of the crisis today, still a simple get together can make a happy and simple celebration.

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