Celebrating New Year in the Philippines
New Year is one of the most awaited occasion in the Philippines. It is a celebration of huge festivities. People looks forward to this occasion in preparation for the coming year.
Prices of fruits are getting higher as New Year celebration is fast approaching. It is believed that fruits brings good luck specially the round ones. It is a belief of prosperity and abundance for the coming year. So, Filipino families try to fill their tables with as many fruits as they can to welcome the coming year.
Fireworks are also an important part of the celebration. New Year is not a New Year without fireworks. It is a symbol of happiness and a traditional way of greeting the New Year with joy. Of course, also included in the celebration are the firecracker casualties. Every year, a lot of people suffer from firecracker explosion due to carelessness or firecracker mishandling.
Few hours before New Year, families gather to attend the mass. Then, after the mass, they gather around the table to enjoy the “Media Noche”. Lots of different Filipino delicacies were served at the table as a symbol of abundance. And at the stroke of midnight, fireworks and firecrackers are being lit to drive away evil spirits and to welcome the New Year.
New Year brings to us new hope, another year of fresh expectations — from ourselves, from the family, from the community, from our work and most specially from our government. Nothing in the coming year can change this hope even poverty, rising prices, unemployment, underemployment or even death.
Filipinos are optimists. He is filled with hope — hope that new doors and windows will open for new openings and beginnings.
So, lets all welcome the New Year with and a new and refreshed hope…