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Celebrating New Years in the Philippines

Posted by lecrowder in Home on 12 29th, 2006

Celebrating the New Year in the Philippines

In the Philippines the celebration of the New Year (Araw ng Bagong Taon) begins on New Year’s Eve (Bisperas ng Bagong Taon).
Throughout the night until the early morning, the booming sounds and kaleidoscope of colors from the firecrackers and fireworks can be heard and seen all over. Many people spend the weeks before gathering fireworks in preparation.

Whether with family or friends the year is welcomed with a spectacular feast called media noche or literally, “middle of the night.” There are many round-shaped foods, sticky or glutinous rice based food and 12 types of fruit that represent the 12 months in the year.

In years past Filipinos, Spaniards and Chinese stayed home with family to host a meal filled with bountiful food including the traditional roast suckling pig or lechon. Today the younger generation and recent immigrants such as Americans have made it popular to celebrate the New Year in grand hotels, restaurants, and parks and in the streets. Children can be seen lighting firecrackers while the parents stay at home to reflect on the year and read from the Bible.

One belief associated with the New Year is for people to open all doors and windows of their house to cleanse the house for good luck. People also bang on pots and pans to keep the bad spirits away.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is also celebrated, which falls anywhere between January 21st and February 21st. Although it is not an official holiday it is meant to recognize the influence of Chinese culture within the Filipino culture. Small red envelopes are given to young girls that contain money. Fireworks and festivities are common as well.

The Staff of FAN would like to wish all of our supporters a fantastic New Year in 2007. We hope you continue to visit the newly redesigned website, browse our forums, links and view our regularly updated events section. We also encourage folks to contribute any stories related to adoption or the Philippine culture.

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