Hol­i­day stars

Parol workshop re­turns to Ly­man Mu­seum

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

In cel­e­bra­tion of the hol­i­day sea­son, crafts­man Lito Asun­cion re­turns to the Ly­man Mu­seum to present a workshop on the mak­ing of the parol, a Fil­ipino star-shaped Christ­mas lantern that is il­lu­mi­nated and hung out­side homes in many parts of the world.

The ori­gins of the parol can be found in the Mex­i­can pinata. The pinata came to Spain from Italy in the 1300s, spread to Mex­ico and fi­nally came to the Philip­pines when Spa­niards brought Chris­tian­ity to the is­lands. The ear­li­est parol tra­di­tion­ally were made from sim­ple ma­te­ri­als such as bam­boo sticks, Ja­panese rice pa­per, crepe pa­per and a can­dle or co­conut oil lamp for il­lu­mi­na­tion.

The present-day parol can take many dif­fer­ent shapes and forms but is still a rec­og­niz­able sym­bol to many Filipinos and rep­re­sents the Star of Beth­le­hem. For Filipinos in many ar­eas, mak­ing a parol, dec­o­rat­ing it and light­ing the lantern is an ex­pres­sion of shared faith and hope.

Asun­cion’s workshop will be of­fered from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 25. The cost is $10 for mu­seum mem­bers, $15 for non­mem­bers, with all ma­te­ri­als pro­vided. To reg­is­ter and re­serve your spot in ad­vance, call the mu­seum at 935-5021, ext. 101, by Nov. 22.

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