Filipino New Year's Superstition

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The Philippines has many superstitions pertaining to the New Year. Most Filipino superstitions derive in hopes for blessings, particularly the abundance of food and money. Firstly, Filipinos believe that at New Year's eve, the doors and windows should be open for blessings to come into the house. The logic behind this is that if the windows and doors are open, it will invite good luck to flow into the house. Another example of a Filipino superstition is the belief that wearing polka dots on New Year's eve will bring lots of money throughout the year. This superstition derived from the belief that polka dots are a symbol of money, particularly coins. Round fruit is also a representation of money. Putting twelve round fruits on the table is believed to bring in lots of money for every month of the new year. Another Filipino superstition says that if someone were to put money in their pocket on New Year's eve, he or she will have money for the rest of the year.

This is because Filipinos believe that the state or actions of a person on New Year's eve has an effect on the person throughout the year. Lastly, Filipino superstition suggests that food be placed on the table on New Year's eve to ensure the abundance of food throughout the new year; the more food on the table, the greater the abundance of food throughout the year. These superstitions have formed the foundation and tradition of the Filipino New Year's celebration. The superstitions are kept because most Filipinos realize that these superstitions, whether believed or not, provide the Filipino community with an identity.