The Belen – The Christmas Symbol That Celebrates The Reason For The Season

Belen is a tableau representing the nativity scene or the birth of Jesus Christ. It reminds everyone of the origin of Christmas.

Expectedly, it is at the center of churches’ Christmas decorations.

National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. This was taken on December 20, 2021. The infant Jesus is not yet in the manger prior tohis date of birth.

National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, taken on December 25, 2020.

Inside National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians

Calendars issued by the church often depicts the nativity scene.

Desk Calendar

At home, we always have a Belen during the Christmas season.

Our Little Belen At Home

This year, my hometown neighborhood displayed a Belen.

Our Neighbothood Corner in Calauag, Quezon, photo by Mayet Sidiangco Seguerra

The Philippines is predominantly Catholic.

In Tarlac, they celebrate Belenismo every year.

Belenismo – a yearly celebration in Tarlac

Malacañang has a life-size Belen.

MALACAÑANG PALACE BELEN DISPLAY . A life-size “belen” (nativity scene), depicting the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger, is on display inside Malacañang Palace’s sprawling lawn on Wednesday (Nov. 17, 2021). The nativity scene is a common display in churches, malls and homes during the Christmas season, some with elaborate figures of angels, shepherds, wise men and animals. (PNA photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

Commercial business districts and establishments often display a Belen.

Belen on General MacArthur Avenue at Araneta City in Cubao, Quezon City features a life-sized tableau of the nativity scene, with Filipino touches like capiz lights, parols, and a kubo roof.


3 thoughts on “The Belen – The Christmas Symbol That Celebrates The Reason For The Season

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  2. Bougainvillea-

    I prefer the “Belen” as a symbol of Christmas. Since my Christmas tree is quite old, I gave it away last year and opted to have the “Belen” although mine is quite tiny. I ordered it online and I thought it would be bigger than the actual size.


    1. joyfullplace Post author

      We’ve always had a Belen at home.

      I’ve been using a live small tree , in a pot, for a Christmas tree. I just hang just enough /a few Christmas balls, don’t want to overwhelm my plant.



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