Happy New Year – Philippines style!

Happy New Year – Philippines style!

Happy New Year – Philippines style!

We know that American artist Chris Brown couldn’t bring in the New Year in Manila due to a lost passport, but that doesn’t mean the Philippines has any shortage of reason for joyous celebration. Already the proud boasters of the longest Christmas season in the world, Filipinos like to celebrate Bisperas ng Bagong Taon – Tagalog for New Year’s Eve – In style, with a huge number of traditions and customs that still hold strong to this day.

For instance:

  • People like to carry money in their pockets as midnight strikes. As the popular belief goes, having coins on your person during the new year means you’ll have a prosperous time ahead.
  • Visitors to the Philippines – even those accustomed to boisterous and noisy brouhahas in their own country – are often awed by the noise at midnight. As the custom goes, making a lot of noise is a way to drive away the evil spirits and bring in a bountiful New Year.
  • It’s the southern hemisphere, meaning no worries about biting winter winds coming into your home as you leave the windows open to let all the good energy flow through the house. Again, a popular thing to do in Manila, Boracay and all other areas in the Philippines.

 

A noisy fireworks show is just one tradition in the Philippines on New Year's Eve to keep the evil spirits at bay.

A noisy fireworks show is just one tradition in the Philippines on New Year’s Eve to keep the evil spirits at bay.

  • Polka dots! Yes, some Filipinos wear polka dots on New Year’s Eve – as they are a symbol for money and therefore can bring in a prosperous year ahead.
  • And again, in the spirit of clean finances, all debts should be settled before the end of Dec. 31. That way, the upcoming year will be financially clean.
  • And best of all – if you’re looking for an excuse to not do the laundry, here’s one for you: legend has it in the Philippines that if you do the laundry on New Year, someone from your house will die. So, don’t do the laundry on New Year!

All the best from Nezasa for a happy new year and a bountiful 2015 ahead, filled with travel and discovery!

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