E’ la festa della famiglia che si ritrova nel segno della tradizione. Il cibo (come i famosi pancit di cui sono molto logosa), le usanze, i fuochi d’artificio colorano l’addio all’anno vecchio e il benvenuto a quello nuovo.
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The New Year’s Day celebrations in the Philippines start on December 31 and continue through to January 1. New Year’s Day in the Philippines is short but uniquely celebrated throughout the country. This is also the time of the year when many Filipino families get together and strengthen their family ties.
Filipinos also have an interesting and amusing New Year’s traditions and superstitions to make this convivial celebration even more fun and enjoyable.
Media Noche (Spanish for “midnight”) or Bisperas ng Bagong Taon in tagalog (“New Year’s Eve”), it is an old Filipino custom where family members, friends and relatives gather, to enjoy a night of feasting and drinking. For most Filipinos, the Media Noche is an emblem of family celebration and union.
Eating pancit (long noodles) can help bring luck for the upcoming year to the eater, according to old New Year’s traditions in the Philippines. Introduced by the Chinese settlers, these noodles represent good health and long life. That’s why these noodles are also a staple in birthday celebrations in the Philippines.
Filipinos believed that eating sticky rice like biko will help improve the relations and bond of the family.
Round is a symbol for prosperity in Filipino and Chinese traditions. For that reason, most Filipinos would use 12 different kinds round-shaped and sweet fruits (grapes, oranges and watermelon). Each fruit represents a month in the looming New Year, meaning you should have 12 different fruits on your table so that you will be prosperous all year round.
Not all delicious mouthful treats, however, can bring good fortune, as far as Filipino New Year’s traditions and superstitions are concerned. Filipinos usually don’t eat Fish and chicken dishes during New Year’s Eve, as they symbolize scarcity of food.
Want to fill your bank account and wallet with a load of money this 2018? Then, pay off your debts, and stuff your wallet or pocket with a ton of new peso bills. Filipinos believe that your financial state, at the stroke of midnight, will echo your wealth for the forthcoming year.
January 1, in the Filipino New Year’s traditions, is a day that dictates everything in your life for the rest of the year. As the Filipino New Year’s traditions imply, the things you will be doing on this day will embody every aspect of your life for this year. Thus, most Pinoys would opt to stay at home on the year’s first day, and avoid spending a peso, so they won’t have to shell out a great deal of cash in the year to come.
Kids, in the Philippines, are encouraged to jump as high as they can when the clock hits 12 because old folks believe that it will help their youngsters grow taller. I know there is no proven scientific explanation to back up this belief, but hey, it’s worth a shot. Besides, jumping, while screaming your heart out, is a fun way to welcome the New Year.
When the New Year sets in, Filipinos would open their drawers, cabinets and windows to let the positive vibes and good fortunes get in.
Cleaning the house may be a bad thing in this Southeast Asian destination, specifically during New Year’s Day. As old Filipino customs suggest, cleaning the house may sweep away the good fortunes that came in during the New Year’s Eve.
As quirky and idiosyncratic as they look, polka dot getups are actually a big hit during this jolly yearly event, across the Philippines. In Filipino New Year’s traditions, polka dots epitomize prosperity in the upcoming year.
In the Philippines, fireworks and firecrackers are lighted not only to celebrate the new year, but also to create loud sounds that would drive away the wicked spirits and elementals. You can still eradicate all the misfortunes in your life from the past year, by creating fizzling sounds from your car’s horn, cellphone speakers, kitchen utensils, or a torotot (a small handmade trumpet).
Even in this day and age, Filipinos still practice some of these New Year’s traditions to make sure that the upcoming year will bring them plenty of joys and blessings.
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