The following description is taken from Wikipedia. "A parol is an ornamental, star-shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines. It is traditional made out of bamboo and paper and comes in various sizes and shapes, but generally the basic star pattern remains dominant. The design of the parol evokes the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Tree Kings to the manger. It also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the Filipino's hope and goodwill during the Christmas season."