Small New Year Feast and 12 Round Fruits

If you have been following this blog, you would know that it is our tradition to put 12 different kind of round fruits on the table every New Year. Round fruits to represent prosperity and abundance and to also hoping for more $ this year.

This is what I prepared for my family last night, just cooked rice noodles soup with chicken and baked chicken breasts and drumsticks for dinner, some round chocolates and a round oreo cake that my girls love. A small feast is enough for the four of us, nothing fancy… just small and simple and that’s it.

What I am praying and wishing for this year is for us to be always healthy, strong, intact/being together, always safe wherever we may go and most of all, worry-free for the rest of the year!

2016 has been so great for us, I would say!

 

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The Filipino-American Christmas Party 2014

Here’s a photo of me and my first born taken last Saturday at a neighbor’s house during a FIL-AM Christmas Party located just five blocks away from our house. It was a last minute invitation from one of our mutual friends and gladly I was available.

I only brought J with me, little M was too sick to come with us. It was nice to have attended the party, there were plenty of scrumptious food but the attendees were mostly Tagalog since the host of the party are Tagalog. There were just three of us who speak Bisaya. I didn’t talk much around them instead I was the listener most of the time. Most of the visitors I haven’t met before and didn’t want to talk about either so just stayed quiet the entire time, or if I did talk, just a bit.

You know I am in my most comfortable self when I am with people I know/have met before or with fellow Bisaya.

After the feast, we had an exchange gifts.  Second photo shown below is what my first born got, a party serving set. I am happy of what she got, this is very useful during a small gathering or any occasion that requires me to display small servings on the table for my family to enjoy.

I didn’t expect that we can bring home this beautiful set for I didn’t put a prettier stuff for our gift. But anyway, what’s inside the box don’t matter much, what counts is we got to join the activity and got to meet new people.

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15 Filipino Superstitions on New Year’s

Thanks to Facebook for it enables its users to gather information from around  the world, international news, current events, pageants and even the old myths and beliefs of the Filipinos resurfacing. Since New Year is just 2 days away shy, I want to share these beliefs we have.

Some of them I practice even  if I am in the USA now. I thought, there is no harm in doing it even if my husband find it weird. Weird na kung weird, I grew up believing these myths or superstitions.  One of the things that I obviously do is putting 13 kinds of different round fruits on our table. Read item number 12 for its purpose.

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There are so many interesting Filipino superstitions or folk beliefs associated with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the Philippines. Filipinos say you should observe the following customs and traditions to ensure that the new year being welcomed is a prosperous one. Many of these superstitions bear a strong Chinese influence.

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 you wallet with fresh peso 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 augur your money management in the coming year.

Follow these rituals and you’re sure to have a Happy New Year in 2014!