New Year’s Eve: She’s into Superstitions!
All across the globe, people will celebrate new year’s eve in various and so many ways base on the different customs and traditions of their respective places. Here in the Philippines, most Filipinos love to follow the Chinese way and tradition of embracing the start of a brand new year. Chinese were among the early settlers and traders of the Philippines island. This is purely the main reason why we somehow adapted almost the same manner with the Chinese celebration. But before we delve in deeper to some of the famous superstitious and Chinese beliefs that we inherit from our forefathers, let’s take a look first on how other countries welcome the new year.
In Spain, every Spanish make it a point to eat at once 12 round pieces of grapes when the clock hits 12. They believe that this practice will give them happiness all throughout the coming year. I notice that my superstitious mom, who also love to welcome the new year in a traditional way observe this same manner of eating grains of grapes. Now I know it’s from the Spaniards as they were the first foreign invaders who tried to conquer the Philippines. On the other hand, the Greek people highlights their new year’s eve celebration by specially baking a delicious cake and putting a coin in it for good luck and happiness. Oh, this is kind of interesting. I haven’t tried this one yet. Perhaps tonight. 😉 German people welcomes the new year with a boom and a bang. They are known to have spent more than 1oo million euros for fireworks each year. Oh my, I could have spent that millions for food. 😉
The British people believes that the first male visitor on new year’s eve or day will bring them good fortune for the following year and if it’s a female visitor meaning fortune or luck is less for the year. My mom also adapt that same belief, especially if it accounts to three males that represent the three kings who offered gifts to the child Jesus. Meanwhile, the Brazilians (contrary to what my mom believes in like wearing white clothes with red polka dots) wears plain white clothes on New Year’s eve. Therefore, I conclude traditions vary from place to place. The fun-loving Americans observe new year’s eve through wearing masked balls and give one another a kiss at the strike of 12 midnight. The masks signify the evil spirits of the previous year and the kiss symbolizes a new good start. Tonight, I suggest we’ll be wearing masks and throw each other kisses. 🙂
It’s awesome to learn some of the traditional beliefs from other countries. Now it’s time to look at how some of us or shall I say most of us Filipinos welcome the new year in ourr respective homes. We mainly inherited most of our superstitious beliefs from the Chinese people who love to adorn their doors with red-colored decors on new year’s eve as it symbolizes joy and happiness. Below you can find some of the customs and traditions of Filipinos upon welcoming the new year. Perhaps you like to have a lucky and prosperous year 2014, you can do some of these in your homes, too. There’s nothing to loose if we try these, anyway. 😉
1. Making loud noises as much as possible such as banging of sound-producing objects or making use of fire crackers to appease the evil spirits.
2. Scattering of coins in all four corners of the house and make it stay on the floor for 24 hours. On the second day gather the coins and put in a red envelope or “Ang pao” Chinese red-colored envelope and keep it in a place secured all throughout the year.
3. Minutes before 12 midnight turn off all the lights of the house and close all windows and door. As the clock hits 12, simultaneously turn on the lights and open all windows and doors while saying your wishes for the new year.
4. Fill wallets with peso bills and pockets with coins while making noise of them as you welcome the new year.
5. Wear polka dots or clothes with round prints as it signify prosperity.
6. Prepare 12 round sweet fruits and arrange them in white container. Never include fruits that taste sour.
7. Eat 12 pieces of round grapes at once. Each pieces signify abundance for the 12 months of the year.
8. Eat delicacies that are sticky such as the Chinese “Tikoy” for good fortune to stick the whole year through.
9. Never include chicken in your menu for new year’s eve because chicken are known to be signifying scarcity.
10. On new year’s day, don’t clean or sweep inside the house or spend money.
11. If you don’t posses a long bridge nose, try pinching your nose when clock strikes 12. Or if you’re not that tall enough try jumping 12 times on new year’s eve. Perhaps it may help. 😉
12. Prepare coconut water in one glass with 3 rose petals and let all members of the family take a gulp at 12 midnight for a sound health, body and mind the year through.
These are some of the superstitions that I inherited from my mom which I also observe during new year’s eve despite the oddness. But believe me it somehow worked out for me this year. And before I’ll end this post, there’s also one important thing that I almost forgot to include. Prayer and petitions. Yes, this is what we usually do during new year’s eve to top all the beliefs that we practice. We never forget to pray the Rosary and say all our petitions for the coming brand new year. 😉 Happy New Year!!!!