10 Unique Filipino Traditions Every New Year

Filipinos are fond of superstitious beliefs. Many of these are heavily influenced by the Chinese and have been part of the Filipino culture for as long as we can remember. There are a number of strange Filipino superstitions on New Year. It may sound ludicrous to some, but these have corresponding meanings according to devotees. Whether you are a believer or not, here are a few of these somehow odd beliefs.

Strange Filipino Superstition on New Year

1. General Cleaning Before New Year

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General Cleaning Before New Year

While it’s a must for every home to have a clean house on New Year’s Day, cleaning the house on the day itself is a no-no. According to old Filipino custom, if you sweep dirt from your house on the first day of the New Year, you might also sweep the good fortune away.

2. 12 Round Fruits

12 Round Fruits

Having 12 round and sweet fruits in your table is a Filipino tradition on New Year’s Eve in which each fruit represents the months of the year, it will ensure good fortune all throughout the year for the family. Therefore, make sure that all fruits are ripe, you don’t want a “sour” new year, right?

3. Media Noche

Noche Buena

Preparing special meals to be shared once the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve is not enough. It seems that your good luck is based on the food you have cooked. For example, pancit or noodle should be included in your menu for a longer life. Sticky rice is so that good luck will stick to you and for the improvement of family relationships also.

4. Loads of Money in the Wallet

Loads of Money

There’s a belief that whatever you have on New Year’s Eve, you will have an abundance of it throughout the year. This includes stuffing money in your pocket or wallet. Scattering coins inside the house works the same.

5. Wearing Clothes Designed with Polka Dots

Polka Dotted Dress

Red polka dots will never be out of fashion, at least during New Year’s Eve. Wear one and your year will be prosperous. If you want to be lucky in love, wear red underwear, green if you want to have more money, and yellow for a happy new year. Let’s try it together, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain if we follow this strange Filipino superstition on New Year!

6. Jump 12 Times

Strange Filipino Superstition on New Year

This particular superstition on New Year is truly strange. They said that if you want to grow taller, jump as high as you can the moment the clock ticks 12. A lot of us have done this a lot of times when we were still kids.

7. Noise Barrage and Fireworks

Noise Barrage and Fireworks
Revellers set off firecrackers to usher in New Year’s Day in Manila early on January 1, 2013. In the capital Manila, authorities had been bracing for the annual rush of injuries as families celebrated with do-it-yourself firework displays and shot celebratory bullets into the air. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE


We are all aware of this noisy tradition of welcoming New Year since we were young, but never did we know this particular tradition of having loud firecrackers and colorful fireworks actually hides a deeper meaning and has a secret purpose. Apparently, the reason for greeting New Year with a bang, literally, is to drive bad elements away.

8. Lights On

Lights On

Turn all the lights on in the house to have a bright year ahead.

9. Open All Doors and Windows

Open All Doors and Windows

Leave all the point of entries (doors, windows, etc.) open so positive energy and good luck can enter your house.

10. No Spending on January 1

No spending on January 1

Spending money on the first day of the year should be avoided to set the tone for wise money management in the coming year.

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