Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our New Year Traditions

Before I start getting busy with our preparations, let me share some of my family's New Year traditions.
  • Cleaning the house before New Year.
  • Serving 13 fruits on the table table. Most of these fruits are round ones to symbolize prosperity.
  • Putting a bowl of rice, sugar and salt on the table.
  • Wearing red brings good luck.
  • Eating 12 grapes at midnight. Each grape symbolizes a prosperous month of the year.
  • Putting coins in the pocket to have a prosperous year ahead.
  • Refraining from serving chicken because of the saying, "Isang kahig, isang tuka." They say a chicken's way of life somehow connotes struggles or tough times.
  • Opening lights, windows and doors before midnight to welcome in good graces to your home.
  • Scattering coins on the floor at midnight.
  • Creating loud noises to drive away evil spirits and bad luck.
Would you like to share some of your traditions?

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