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Celebrating New Year's Eve the Filipino Way

Updated on April 17, 2013

New Year in the Philippines is one of major festivals of the country and it comes with its rich traditions and culture which have been passed from generations and celebrated with splendor.


We Filipinos follow a lot of traditions and superstitions especially when it comes to celebrating and ushering a prosperous New Year. While some may just disregard these things, others still follow them afraid that bad luck will cover their whole year.

There are so many interesting beliefs associated with New Year's Eve here in the Philippines. Some will find these things funny and irrelevant but these beliefs have been passed through generations and people still believe in them.

It’s hard to ignore traditions especially when you believed it in the first place.

I also just want to share these beliefs to the world especially to people who might want to visit Philippines someday during this festive season.

Although every country, every place welcomes the New Year with different cultures and beliefs, we still share one common goal and that is to have a prosperous year ahead of us.

Well, these traditions have been part of Filipino's lives since the beginning. Many of these customs bear strong Chinese influence. But more importantly, we celebrate the dawn of a new year with so much fun.

Here are the common beliefs or traditions that our neighborhood does on welcoming the New Year.


At the stroke of December 31 midnight, these beliefs come to life....


FILIPINO FOODS


  • Table must have 12 round fruits to signify each month of the year. But ideally, there should be twelve different fruits like oranges, grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon - and the fruit should be ripe and sweet.
  • Pancit/Noodles for long life.
  • Traditional delicacies like biko (made from sticky rice) for good fortune to stick throughout your whole year.
  • Beef and chicken meat as well as vegetables, fish, rice, spices, sugar and salt, also have to present to ensure you have a everything in balance.

FILIPINO GET-UP


  • Wear polka-dots and green shirts. Green is money and anything round signifies prosperity.
  • Some would wear the Year Color for good luck.

OTHER THINGS


  • Jump twelve times at the stroke of midnight so as to increase your height
  • Scatter coins around the house - tables, chairs, drawers
  • Pay all your debt before New Year and fill your coin purse and wallets with bills and coins. Filipinos believed that whatever financial status you have on New Year will be carried over for the coming year.
  • Put coins and bills on your pocket so you will not be short of money when the New Year comes.
  • Families and friends gather together for a countdown to New Year.
  • Turn on all your lights. This one signifies a brighter year ahead.
  • Celebrating New Year without fireworks? Nahh. Even small children lights up Watusi, a small dancing firecracker against concrete and cemented sidewalks.
  • Make noise to scare evil away from your house. Tap the kettles, pots and cauldrons to make as much noise.
  • Turn on the engine of your car and motorcycles. This is for noise and to make sure that your vehicle will be in good condition throughout the year.
  • Kiss your parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and put their hand in your forehead and say God Bless and Happy New Year.


You see these traditions still live within every Filipino’s hearts and soul.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Thelma. Nice to meet one hubber who is a Filipina too. I love yopur hubs especially the places you've visited.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      It´s good to know some of the traditions on celebrating New Year in the Philippines. I only knew a few. Maybe I have lived more years in Germany than in my home country. Thanks for sharing;-)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hehehe!! i guess every place here has different interpretations too. Thanks much Sha and Happy New Year to you and to your family!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your traditions, Spy! We make noise here in the US on New Year's Eve, too, but I never heard why. I think it's just the drunken rowdies getting away with it without being arrested!

      In the south, it's traditional to eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day. That is supposed to bring good luck, although I don't know why. I eat them throughout the year - I make a mean pot of black eyed peas and hamhocks!

      Happy New Year my friend! May 2013 bring good things to all of us!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Merry Christmas Rosemay! thanks for stopping by!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great hub, thank you for sharing your traditions with us. It sounds as though you certainly know how to have fun.

      Merry Christmas and happy new Year

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Vinaya, Safiq, Lovedoctor, Nancy, Deb, Kimberly,

      thank you so much for the comments and for reading this hub. thanks for liking Philippine's traditions. :)

    • Kimberly Vaughn profile image

      Kimberly Vaughn 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Great hub! I love learning about other cultures. I'm a shorty so I especially like the part about jumping 12 times for height! I may have to try it this New Years!

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you so much for sharing, Mycee! Maybe one day I will know enough about Philippine traditions and food to be an honorary Philippine!

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      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thanks for the education. Fruit is always good.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      and drink a glass of champagne. Lol.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      These are very interesting traditions. I love learning about other cultures. Instead of oranges, cantaloupe and melons, we eat 12 grapes before midnight for good luck and a glass of champagne.

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      safiq ali patel 

      5 years ago from United States Of America

      Unknown Spy This is a beautiful hub on celebrating New Years eve the Filipino way. God bless you. I really enjoyed reading it. I am in London for new year and I'll be standing near big ben, the clock at the Britsh Houses of Parliament to see 2013 in.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Thanks for sharing about your world.

      Merry Christmas an a very happy New Year.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow that's good to here Mhatter! a lot of fun, right?

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello Rajan!! glad to see you stopped by.. you should write about Diwali festival so we would also know Indian traditions and customs.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      For a small island the Philippines is a world of variety. My father-in-law, Alfred Carino, was co-founder of the SF Filipino Community Center. I celebrated many a New Year there

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting read Mycee! Two of these traditions we too celebrate, like keeping house lights on for a better part of the night and bursting firecrackers, except that we do it during the Diwali festival.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Merry Christmas to you and to your family Tom! Thank you so much for all the support.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you too Mike for stopping by and reading!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you cathy for reading.. yes, despite of everything, we still do so much fun during the new years eve.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      heheh thanks sir bIll!!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend M. great hub and so beautifully written, traditions are so important to any culture and it nice that you still have kept up with it. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

      Wishing you a very Merry Christmas !

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      Mike Robbers 

      5 years ago from London

      Hi Myz,

      Really nice to know how NYE is celebrated in Philippines, quite interesting hub and great read , thanks for sharing

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile image

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Great and fun read! Love all the traditions, they sure know how to have a good time.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How weird! I just did an article for a customer about different customs on New Year's Eve, and one of them was the Philippines. Interesting stuff here Myz!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Interesting ways to begin a brand new year, and the Filipinos are indeed festive. Thanks for sharing!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much for commenting and reading this hub.

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      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Love this hub and the Filipino way to begin a new year. Lots of fun, admire the traditions, and some very good vibes from the interesting and valuable ways to begin a brand new year. - Have fun celebrating 2013 - I'm sure you will, sounds wonderful -

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