What’s in the Snow? A Winter Scavenger Hunt Stop

Posted December 20, 2013 by Kathy in Filipino Traditions, Giveaway / 2 Comments

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Hi everyone!! I am excited to be part of the What’s in the Snow? Scavenger Hunt.  This is a fun blog event hosted by Read Books and Live Green & Reviews Abound.  Be sure to check out their intro posts for the huge giveaways and the list of all the blogs participating so you can visit them as well!

Today I would like to share our families New Year’s Eve traditions.  I am Filipino but I was born and raised in California.  As immigrants our family combined Filipino and American traditions.  For New Year’s Eve there are so many interesting Filipino superstitions or folk beliefs associated with this holiday. Many of these superstitions are influenced by the Chinese culture.  My Mom passed down two traditions that I have shared with my family:

–          The first tradition is gathering round food and placing them on your clean dinner table.  The round items symbolize prosperity for the New Year.

–          The second tradition is placing coins at your door and windows.  This is to insure good fortune for the New Year.  Good fortune does not only mean monetary but also stands for good luck, health and happiness.  I have used the same coins my Mom gave me when I got married (18 years ago).  The coins are a combination of Filipino and US currency.  When our daughters were younger I was always worried that they might eat the coins, so I would always place the coins after they went to bed and wake up before them to put the coins away.  Now my girls are old enough to know better, so I don’t have to worry about them eating the coins.  But we do have a dog now, so I am still getting up early to collect the coins!

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Here are more Filipino superstitions (information taken from tagaloglang.com) :

1. Make as much noise as you can to scare away evil spirits.

2. Turn on all lights so that the coming year is bright.

3. Open all doors, windows, cabinets and drawers to let good fortune in.

4. Debts must be paid off. Fill your wallet with fresh bills. (Filipinos believe that whatever your financial state is in at the stroke of midnight, so it will be in the New Year.)

5. Clean everything.

6. Wear polka-dots. Anything round signifies prosperity.

7. Scatter coins around the house, on tabletops…. inside drawers…

FOOD-RELATED SUPERSTITIONS

8. Prepare 12 round fruits, one for each month of the coming new year.

9. Have a very round grape in your mouth at the stroke of midnight.

10. Eat a native delicacy made from sticky rice to make good fortune stick in the new year.

11. Eat long noodles (pansit) for long life.

12. Jump twelve times at midnight to increase your height. (Observed by Filipino children.)

13. Don’t have chicken or fish. They are associated with the scarcity of food.

ON NEW YEAR’S DAY ITSELF

14. Don’t clean anything! You might sweep away the good fortune that came in on New Year’s Eve.

15. Don’t spend money at all. Your thriftiness on the first day of the year will predict your money management in the coming year.

Follow these rituals and you’re sure to have a Happy New Year!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Do you have a New Year’s Eve tradition?  I would love to hear about it so please leave a comment!! I wish you all a Happy Holiday!!  Have a safe and Happy New Year!!

 

Here is my clue for the What’s in the Snow? Blog hop :

Clue #13: In which winter sport do you strap two sticks on your feet and swoosh down the hill?

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2 responses to “What’s in the Snow? A Winter Scavenger Hunt Stop

  1. Cal

    I love this post so much! Learning about different traditions is so cool! I love how you place coins for good fortune! I’m pretty sure if I did that my dog WOULD eat them! (Does this mean he would get all the good fortune? Lol!) You guys definitely have some fantastic traditions and I really enjoyed learning a bit about them! Thank you!
    And also thanks for participating in the hunt! We really appreciate it! (Sorry for the late comment!)

    • Kathy

      Thank you Cal for stopping by (there is no need to apologize – these past weeks have been crazy for all of us!). I really enjoyed writing this post, it was nice to share something non-book related! You and Jessica are great – thank you for coming up with this fun event!