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Filipino Traditions on New Year's Eve

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New Year's Eve Filipino tradition and superstitions.

New Year's Eve Filipino tradition and superstitions.

New Year is another holiday that is celebrated big time all over the world and Filipinos won't be left behind when it comes to New Year's Eve preparation. This period marks a fresh new start and every new year brings a brighter better 12 months. Along with preparation for a welcoming and festive New Year's Eve, Filipinos also carry on traditions to make the most of welcoming the good fortune that the coming year will bring. Most of it is about attracting prosperity and abundance actually.

Have you been to a Filipino family's New Year's Eve celebration and witnessed them opening the doors as 12 midnight strikes? Did finding all sorts or coins and paper money by the front door as you steps in surprised you? Those are just two but there's many more. Get to know more of the Filipino holiday traditions and superstitions and how Filipinos celebrate New Year's Eve in this interesting article.

The 12 Round Fruits for Luck

Set aside the bananas on your bowl of fruits and make way for just all the round ones.The reason? It has been a Filipino New Year's Eve tradition to display 12 round fruits on the table when welcoming the new year. It has to be 12 as there are 12 months in a year and round-shaped as it is believed to be good luck. Some also associates the circular shape of the fruits with money.

The New Year's Eve 12 round fruits.

The New Year's Eve 12 round fruits.

A list of 12 round fruits to complete yours

Wearing Polka Dots

Get those polka dots outfits out of the closet and wear them again specially for this time of the year. Those will help attract you good fortune specially money matters.

Wearing polka dots outfit is a big hit on New Year's Eve celebration, these has been part of Filipino tradition of welcoming the luck that comes along as the year changes.

Wear those polka dots.

Wear those polka dots.

All Lights On!

It's a brand new beginning of a whole new year and turning all the lights on ensures that the household will be in a brighter more positive atmosphere and so is everyone's career. So make your round from each bedroom to the garage and turn the lights on as the countdown begins.

Turn on all lights!

Turn on all lights!

Jump for Height

As the count down ends and greetings of a Happy New Year echoes around the room, jumping up and down is done specially by kids. It will make you grow taller you know. So why do Filipinos jump on New Year's Eve? There goes your answer.

New Year jump!

New Year jump!

Welcome the Good Fortune With Open Doors

At the strike of 12 midnight and the year changes, doors are open to let all the blessings that the new year brings. Filipinos believe that opening the front doors will let the good fortune and wonderful opportunities that the new year brings.

But don't keep it open for too long giving a chance for unwanted visitors to come in, if you know what I mean.

Let the new year in and the good fortune that it brings.

Let the new year in and the good fortune that it brings.

Media Noche

What's New Year's Eve celebration without food? Filipinos celebrate and welcome the new year with a feast with family and friends with traditional foods on New Year's Eve. Not just every food is welcome in the table as some are believed to be good luck and some as a no no. As most of us loves chicken, but skip that on New Year's Eve for good luck's sake or you would be short financially for the whole year as some says "Isang kahig isang tuka" which is a Filipino idiom that means having just enough to get by day by day.

New Year's Eve media noche.

New Year's Eve media noche.

Attracting Money

Along with having all amount of money along with coins in pocket during New Year's Eve, coins and paper money is also laid in front doors. This again is done to attract the good fortune and for the family to have the luck or be more blessed financially.

Say No to Spending

The new year Filipino tradition and superstitions doesn't end after the New Year's Eve but continuous at the first days of the new year.

Filipinos try to avoid spending money on the first days of the new year specially the first day January 1. As the first day of the new year, Filipinos believe that whatever they do on this day will reflect on how they will be spending the rest of the year. Spending money at the start of the year means empty pocket or money out of your pocket for the rest of the year. This could also be unexpected expenses throughout the year.

Don't spend on new year or you will be spending for the rest of the year.

Don't spend on new year or you will be spending for the rest of the year.

Rice for An Abundant Year

Last on this Filipino new year tradition and superstition is stocking up on rice. Our household is one who makes sure there's a stock of rice before the year ends or before the new year comes. With rice being a staple food, having a good supply as the year changes comes the belief that the coming year will be fruitful and abundant and the family won't starve for the rest of the year.

There are probably more new year traditions and superstitions that is worth a mention that isn't on the list but these are most of it.

But is there another unique Filipino new year tradition that your family do every year? Feel free to share it on the comment section below.

Comments

Incredible Himalayan Sherpa from Kathmandu on January 08, 2018:

Hello!! I am from Nepal, the country of world highest peak Mt. Everest. I found your article very interesting and also come to know new belief and practices done by Filipino. Thank you for sharing:))

Shane Peed from Ft. Dodge, IA USA on January 07, 2018:

Lived here for 5ive years and some of these topics or superstitions were new to me. Very interesting article. Thanks for the share!