December 16 is the start of the nine-day Novena mass called Simbang Gabi, which leads to the Nativity of Christ. People around the Philippines tries to complete the daily masses in the belief that their wishes for the coming year will be granted. For those who cannot get up early for the 4 a.m. mass, there is a night novena, which starts on December 15. In photo is such a mass held in Makati, Philippines.

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