6 Common Filipino New Year Traditions and Practices
Filipino New Year traditions are drizzled with vibrant celebrations and of course, a lot of noise. If you’ve ever rung in the New Year with your Filipino family, then chances are you’ve experienced one or two of the practices on the list below. From the scrumptious dishes served for media noche to some good old tricks that everyone believes will attract good luck for the next twelve months, here are common Filipino New Year traditions and practices.
6 Filipino New Year Traditions
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1. Preparing for media noche
Media Noche is a lavish midnight feast that symbolizes prosperity in the coming year. Typical dishes served during this time are lechon baboy, patatim, relenong bangus, and paella. No room for diets right here!
2. Collecting 12 round fruits to be presented as the centerpiece of media noche
According to superstition, preparing twelve round fruits will serve as one piece of good luck per month in the year. These fruits should have these three specific characteristics: round, sweet, and assorted. Most common examples include oranges, kiwis, apples, grapes, watermelon, lemon, and more.
3. Playing the torotot hours before midnight
In the Philippines, making loud noises during the New Year is believed to be a way of driving bad spirits out of your home. Since fireworks are quite dangerous, most Filipinos opt for torotot instead, and now it has become one of the Filipino New Year traditions that everyone, especially kids, enjoys doing!
4. Jumping in hopes of getting taller
Have a “vertically challenged” friend? Perhaps they forgot to jump when the clock strikes 12! Jokes aside, there is no scientific proof confirming that jumping on New Year’s Eve will make you taller. But even you have to admit it, it sounds like a pretty fun thing to do!
5. Wearing fresh, new clothes
A new outfit is definitely a great way to start the New Year right. The Chinese influence in the Philippines has taught many families to wear red or polka-dotted clothes when celebrating the dawn of another year.
6. Cooking pancit to attract swerte or good luck
Pancit is believed to be a symbol of good luck and long life. Plus, it’s a staple Filipino dish that the whole family will enjoy! Other than sharing a scrumptious bowl of pancit, eating sticky rice, blasting loud noises, and scattering Kiat-Kiats on the floor are other ways to attract luck.