New Year’s Eve traditions in Philippines
New Year happens to be one of the biggest festivals that gets celebrated in the Philippines with grandeur and great enthusiasm. Apart from modern trends of social gatherings and parties’ people here also follow almost all the age-old traditions and customs that have been prevailing since long.
The New year eve or the Bisperas ng Bagong Taon paves the way for the new year with great food and drink with people enjoying with family and friends.
Special meals are prepared, and all the members of the family take that together as that’s considered to be auspicious and lucky for the year to come. The menu is decided with good luck charms in mind. Pancit or noodles are prepared for long life, whereas eggs are eaten as a symbol of new life.
Sticky rice or malagkit are cooked, so that good luck sticks to you throughout the year and the meal never contains any animal flesh as they are considered to be inauspicious. The lunch is served with 12 different fruits where each signifies a month, and they are all round-shaped which is supposed to bring luck and fortune to all.
The family members offer prayers after dinner. The midnight mass or the Media Noche is an age-old and relevant customs followed in the New year by the people in the Philippines. They firmly believe that this mass will bring and retain good luck throughout the year by driving all evil forces away from their life forever.
The New Year in the Philippines is celebrated with lots of noise and sound as it drives away all evil spirits from our life and creates space for good ones. Fireworks of different types are familiar sights, and they have a unique name called Filipino Paputok, and they are done, so that good fortune and happiness come with a guarantee in the New Year.
At home, people dance and play loud music for the same reason. At the rural areas, the villagers clang pots and pans to create noise. In the urban areas, whistles are blown, horns of the cars are pumped, and other ways of creating sound are adopted during the celebrations.
Houses are correctly cleaned to welcome the new year. The inhabitants keep their doors and windows open as the clock strikes 12 so that good fortune can enter and evil goes away. A weird but followed customs as the Filipinos are to wear polka-dots dress during the New year as round shapes signify prosperity and happiness. They fill their pockets with round coins that are believed to bring more wealth. Children interestingly think they can be taller if they jump high at midnight.