12 Filipino Food on New Year

Filipino Food on New Year

New Year is a huge celebration in the Philippines. It is during this time that Filipinos prepare particular foods not purely because of its deliciousness but also because of old-age traditions that they think must be followed. It may sound ridiculous to some, but there are also those who eat Filipino food on New Year not because they believe in such customs but because it has grown on them.

12 Classic Filipino Food on New Year

Ring-Shaped Foods

Ring-shaped Food

The most popular shape during New Year is circle particularly for Chinese community because it represents good fortune. So consider eating doughnuts this New Year, lucky.


New Year Cake

Having this sweet delight in your table this New Year will bring luck to the house. However, it should not be just any cake, it should be round in shape in order to have a good year.


Filipino Puto

You must include this Filipino food this New Year on your menu. Not just because of its shape but also because of its sticky texture and sweet flavor. These two characteristics signify closer family bond among families. Some also believe that good fortune will “stick” with them throughout the year.


Local Grains

Some families still follow this old-time practice of serving grains in New Year. They would fill the bowls to the brim to signify abundance. They say, the larger the quantity, the more blessings you will receive.


Green Grapes

Fruits, particularly the grapes, will always have a place in Filipino tables. It’s because eating 12 pieces of it on New Year’s Eve will make you lucky in the next 12 months. Make sure that you consume all 12 within the time the clock strikes 12 times for midnight or else luck will desert you for months equivalent to the number of grapes you are not able to eat. Hah!


New Year Vegetables

Veggies in the table on New Year? Surprise! If you’re one of the few who don’t like vegetables despite its health benefits, maybe this time you will change your mind as eating greens this New Year means you will have more money for the coming year. Allegedly, the color green symbolizes wealth.

Camaron Rebosado

Camaron Rebosado

No matter how special your chicken recipe is, some Filipinos highly discourage serving chicken on New Year because of the “one scratch, one peck” belief. Cook camaron rebosado or any shrimp dishes instead. Seafood is a good substitute as it is believed to bring good luck.


Philippine Noodles

Another Filipino food on New Year is noodles. Whether it’s spaghetti or noodle soup, it doesn’t matter as long as its strands are long and uncut. That’s for long life and good luck.

Ripe Fruits

New Year Fruits

Any sweet fruit is welcome on the table this New Year as long as it’s fresh. Sour fruit means you will be unlucky next year.


Pork Meat New Year

While the all-time favorite chicken is considered unlucky, the pigs are said to be the luckiest Filipino food on New Year. (Thank goodness!) It’s because they are plump, which signifies prosperity (not weight gain), and also their noses root forward, which symbolizes progress.


Filipino Grilled Fish

Lucky or not, fish should be included in your media noche because it’s rich in Omega 3 vitamin and it balances all the fatty dishes you have served. Interestingly, this leads to the belief that fish is a welcome addition to your New Year preparation as it brings balance and prosperity to our lives.



Do you want more good luck? Add lentils to the list of dishes you will be preparing. Its round shape symbolizes an abundance of money in the coming year.

Lentils can be added to many dishes or it can stand on its own. Lentils are a symbol for coins so it is always a welcome addition to the abundance of money one can get in the coming year.

To learn more about what Filipino’s do during the New Year’s Eve, click here.

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