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Philippines: Bibingka ( Photo by Flickr user: Roberto Verzo ) Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) is the kick off to the Christmas season in the Philippines. The traditional celebration starts December 16, and includes nine days of masses before dawn. That may sound early, but after the people get to enjoy a special holiday breakfast complete with lots of sweet treats. Bibingka, a rice flour cake, is a popular Simbang Gabi dessert. For a recipe, try this one from the blog The Kitchn .