We prepare a really big feast on New Years Eve! Just as big as Thanksgiving and Christmas! The picture above is the only picture I own of my mom’s New Years Eve feast. On our table we must always have:
-12 different types of round-shaped fruits: to signify each month of the year.
-Noodles (pancit): signifying longevity
-Eggs on the noodles or other dishes: signifying a new life
-Arroz Caldo (sticky rice porridge): that’s so good fortune will stick around all year long.
-Pots and pans are clanged to scare away evil spirits.
-Right before midnight strikes, all doors must be left wide open (cabinets, windows, drawers, cupboards) to allow good luck to enter.
-Pockets are filled with round coins, which are jangled to attract wealth.
–At the exact moment of midnight, Filipino children jump as high as they can because they believe this will make them taller.
-Whatever condition your wallet is in when the New Year arrives, so it will be the rest of the year. Make sure to put in the money your received on Christmas. The same goes for the neatness of your home.
-Filipinos spend the last days of the year vigorously cleaning everything, especially of dust. However, on the first day of the new year, you are not supposed to do any cleaning.
-Lastly, don’t start the year off by spending money. Frugality on the first day sets the tone for wise money management in the coming year.