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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 the preparation.

This period marks a fresh new start, and every new year brings a brighter and 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.

Have you been to a Filipino family's New Year's Eve celebration and witnessed them opening the doors as midnight strikes? Did finding all sorts of coins and paper money by the front door as you step in surprise you? Those are just two, but there's more. Get to know more of these Filipino New Year's Eve tradition and superstitions in this interesting article.

The 12 Round Fruits for Luck

Set aside the bananas on your bowl of fruits and make way for just 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 they have to be round, as it is believed to attract good luck. Some also associate the circular shape of the fruits with money.

If you need some inspiration, then check out this list of 12+ Round Fruits for the Filipino New Year's Eve Tradition.

The New Year's Eve 12 round fruits.

The New Year's Eve 12 round fruits.

Wearing Polka Dots

Get those polka dots out of the closet and wear them again around this time of the year. They will help you attract good fortune, especially in money matters.

Wearing a polka dot outfit is a big hit on New Year's Eve, and this has been a part of Filipino traditions for years to welcome 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 on all the lights ensures that the household will be in a brighter, more positive atmosphere—and so will everyone's careers!

So make your rounds 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 countdown ends and greetings of a Happy New Year echo around the room, jumping up and down is done, especially by the kids.

Why do Filipinos jump on New Year's Eve? It will make you grow taller, of course.

New Year jump!

New Year jump!

Welcome the Good Fortune With Open Doors

At the strike of midnight as 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 in the good fortune and wonderful opportunities that the new year brings.

But don't keep it open for too long. You will create 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 a 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 are a no-no. Most of us love chicken, but skip that on New Year's Eve for good luck's sake, or you will be short financially for the whole year. As some say, "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 are also lain by the front door. This again is done to attract the good fortune and for the family to have luck or be more blessed financially.

Say No to Spending

The new year Filipino traditions and superstitions don't end after January 1. They continue throughout the year.

Filipinos try to avoid spending money on the first days of the new year, especially on 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 money out of your pocket (or empty altogether!) 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

One final Filipino new year tradition and superstition is stocking up on rice. Our household is one that 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 with the belief that the coming 12 months will be fruitful and abundant and the family won't starve for the rest of the year.

Share Your Superstitions

There are probably more new year traditions and superstitions that are worth a mention that aren't on the list, but these are most of them.

But is there another unique Filipino new year tradition that your family performs every year?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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!