Christmas Market shows similarities between German and Philippine Christmases

Beethoven Statue in Bonn amid Christmas decorations

The first ever German Christmas Market in the Philippines was held on December 4, the Goethe-Institut in Manila has announced on its website.

I missed it because that was the last day of the online journalism workshop that I attended in Germany.

But fortunately, when I was in Germany, I personally saw what a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) was all about.

Something in common

The Goethe-Institut in Manila said both Germany and the Philippines “share the same kind of fondness for Christmas.”

“Filipino and German cultures surprisingly find the perfect meeting point during the season of Christmas.”

– Goethe-Institut in Manila

After seeing a Christmas Market in Bonn, I can say that Germans, like Filipinos, are really fond of Christmas.

I saw the actual preparations for the opening of the market, and the mood then was festive.

The opening of the Weihnachtsmarkt on November 20 made me feel that Christmas was just around the corner.

I also saw signs indicating that in Germany, Christmas is for kids. Just like in the Philippines.

The Goethe-Institut in Manila summed it up perfectly in one sentence: “While not immediately obvious, Filipino and German cultures surprisingly find the perfect meeting point during the season of Christmas.”

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