How Filipino Celebrate New Year’s Eve

We now live in modern times, and yet some traditions can’t be easily erased—not in a superstitious country like the Philippines. Filipinos’ celebration of New Year’s Eve remains to be a remarkable one because of the combination of traditional ways with modern trends. It creates a celebration that is full of life, vibrancy, and familiarity.

For expats, it’s not that difficult to join the New Year festivities in the country, especially with the welcoming attitude of Filipinos. You may, however, find yourself a bit flustered by the unfamiliar, weird yet fascinating practices of Filipinos during the new year’s eve celebration.

Here are some of the most common traditional practices of Filipinos during their New Year celebrations.

Making noises to scare off evil spirits

Just like in many other countries, fireworks light up the sky around the Philippines at midnight of the New Year’s Eve. In the Philippines, however, there is a superstitious belief behind the bright and loud pyrotechnics and other noise-making stunts: making noises scare off evil spirits that bring bad luck.

Jumping to increase height

We all know jumping and getting taller has no logical connection. Any person living in the modern world knows that. Still, many people, both kids and adults, jump once the clock strikes twelve because of the hopefulness it enkindles.

Throwing of coins around the house

On New Year’s Eve, people throw around coins and then collect them right after. There is also a great motivation behind this traditional practice: when you throw coins around the house, prosperity will come to your household. For children scrambling for the scattered coins, it’s an awesome way to make a profit!

Gathering for Media Noche

When you join a Filipino family for the New Year’s celebration, you’ll most likely find on their table 13 kinds of round fruits, pancit (Filipino noodles), sticky rice, and the ubiquitous lechon (whole roast pig). It’s because the 12 fruits are said to attract luck for the coming 12 months, the pancit symbolizes long life, and the sticky rice will help strengthen the bond of the family. As for the lechon, well, it’s just everybody’s favorite!

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