Happy New Year
This is the time of New Year's Eve and the celebration with the family, relatives and friends. We, Filipinos celebrate it too. Wearing polka dots to symbolize money. The tradition is that we have fireworks and firecrackers first in front of the house, the neighbors also do this and the sky is filled with such colorful beauties of lights. The creation of a louder noise is also done such as merry making with toy horns or the usual banging of pots and pans. Filipino do this to welcome the new year and cast away the malevolent spirits with the coming year, only good and positive energies.The elders believed that encouraging children to jump at the stroke of midnight of the New Year Eve would grow up tall. There should be twelve circular fruits in the dining table and eating twelve grapes at twelve midnight for good luck in symbolize the twelve months of the year. Opening windows, doors and the house lights to let in the good luck. And showing of the rice all over the house to a prosperous new year ahead. Then, we the family or relatives, Filipinos gathered in the dining table and eat the traditional Medianoche or midnight meal where it is a feast that symbolize a union and family ties to have the family as close for the years to come. In the morning of the New Year's Day, Catholic Filipinos go and attend a mass for thanksgiving of the blessings from the old year and hoping for a blissful new year. Also, at lunch time, the families have their annual reunion with food at the table, games for the children and the young and old, singing karaoke songs, merry drinking and catching up with the family.
This is what we usually do on New Year's Eve. It is like Noche Buena or the traditional Christmas Eve feast and Christmas Day. Filipinos also close the festivities on The Three Kings or The First Sunday of the Year. There are plenty of celebrations through out the year in the Philippines. Aside from the long Christmas Season, there are many of fiestas or provincial fiestas all over the country and the Catholic and Muslim celebrations. That is why Filipinos are very hospitable and happy all the time particularly in times of crises and after a calamity. We cannot do beyond our control, it is just part of life. Thus, we always have to smile and be happy.
I would like to use this chance to greet each one of you, a Happy New Year to you and your family. Happy 2011 to all.