Friday, January 04, 2013 Celebration Events Filipino Tradition New Year
Filipino Tradition in New Year's Celebration
If you are residing in the Philippines like me, then probably we have something in common in ce...
If you are residing in the Philippines like me, then probably we have something in common in celebration of New Year's eve. Our Filipino Tradition in welcoming the new year is quite popular around the globe. That's why I take pride because indeed "It's more fun in the Philippines!"
As a practical mom, I don't encourage my family to purchase any kind of fire crackers. Recalling my childhood, I grew up with fire crackers by the street lit up by my brothers and my cousins. While me and my younger brother would each hold "luses" and "watusi." But being aware of the dangers it could cause, now that I'm an adult, a mom especially, I don't want my kids to grow up lighting up any kind of fire crackers.
Instead, our family choose to do Filipino tradition in celebrating New Year's eve. Here are some of what we did to welcome 2013:
Polka-Dots Clothes - wearing anything dotted connotes coins or money which brings luck to the one wearing it
Coin Shower/ Putting Coins in Pockets - If you have coins in your pockets, you will never run out of money throughout the year. If you shower coins inside the house for the little children to pick up, money will never stop flowing inside your home throughout the year.
Jumping at exactly 12 midnight - When little kids jump up and down, it should be as high as they could, at midnight, they will grow taller faster.
Round Fruits - 12 or 8 round fruits as the table's centerpiece still means prosperity and money for the family.
Making Noise - This is the part where some use fire crackers. To be safe, we used horns or in Filipino "torotot" to make so much noise. Some play really loud party music to welcome the new year with positivity, glee and liveliness. Making noise they say also drives away the bad spirits so only positive energies will come your way.
Media Noche - Media means "middle" while Noche means "night." Media Noche is a feast and a gathering of the whole family to welcome the new year in the middle of the night. Special dishes are served on the table to symbolize good living and prosperity that is wished for the whole year.
Serve "Malagkit" or Sticky Food - In connection to Media Noche, sticky foods should also be served. Eating sticky food such as Leche Flan, Halaya, Arroz Caldo or Congee, or Biko (Rice Cake) symbolizes a family that will stick together come what may.
Filipino customs or traditions, but for some superstitions or fictitious ways, in celebrating the new year's eve is what make the family look forward to something exciting every end of the year. The children wait for midnight to watch these traditions happen before their very eyes. Even the youngest partakes in making it a joyous event. These traditions are what I want my children to grow up with and pass on to their own as well. Whether the round symbols mentioned above are true or not, there's no harm in keeping the traditions alive in all of our hearts. As long as the whole family is up for it and is together in celebrating this event, we would do it every year.
What's important is, every new year is a new beginning, a fresh start, a signal of change and hope to be better for everyone. Happy 2013!
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